Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the participation of the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the 8th East Asia Summit

On the 10 October, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will participate in the 8th East Asia Summit (EAS) in Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei).

The EAS was established in 2005 as a platform for the strategic dialogue of leaders of countries in the region on principled issues of political landscaping, ensuring the sustainable development and promotion of practical cooperation between countries of the Asia Pacific Region (APR). Russia officially acceded to the EAS during the 5th East Asia Summit in October 2010 in Hanoi. Currently, the forum unites ten ASEAN countries and their dialogue partners – Australia, India, China, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Russia, the United States and Japan.

Our participation in the East Asia Summit is one of the priorities in Russian foreign policy. We foresee that this arena will become the key element of construction of this new regional security architecture, cooperation and sustainable development. Such a system must be based on the indivisibility of security, the rule of international law, the peaceful settlement of disputes, without use and without threat of force.

In this context, our topical task consists in the development of the “rules of conduct” common to all the countries in the APR. This is the aim of Russia’s idea regarding the launch of a multilateral dialogue on issues of formation of complex security and cooperation architecture within the APR at the arena of the EAS, which was approved during the meeting of foreign ministers of EAS member states in July in Bandar Seri Begawan. An agreement was reached to hold the first expert consultations on this topic in Brunei in November. We are planning to organise our next meeting in Moscow in 2014.

At the forthcoming EAS meeting, key international and regional issues, as well as the course of implementation of joint programmes in priority areas of interaction such as finance, energy, emergency response, health care and education, will be reviewed.

The agenda contains the adoption of the Bruneiinitiated Declaration for food safety, aimed at the coordination and development of practical interaction in this area, the extension of the food trade, including by refusing protectionist measures. The Russian party supports a general disposition towards the activation of cooperation within the EAS in this area.

The Plan of action to implement the Phnom Penh East Asia Summit Development Initiative of the Chinese party will be presented for review by the participants at the summit. It should contribute to the resolution of the strategic task for strengthening the practical component in EAS activity. We foresee that this document can become a good helping hand in promoting cooperation in priority areas within the framework of the forum.

The statement of the President will reflect the harmonised approaches to cooperation building in priority areas, as well as in topical international problems, including the situation in Syria, the South China Sea and the nuclear problem of the Korean Peninsula.

Russia intends to make a contribution to the implementation of specific projects for practical interaction, to actively contribute to the promotion of the constructive uniting agenda of the EAS.