Foreign minister meetings at the East Asia Summit and the ASEAN Regional Forum

foreign minister meetings at the East Asia Summit
foreign minister meetings at the East Asia Summit

On July 14, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov took part in the 13th ministerial meeting of the East Asia Summit (EAS) and the 30th session of the ASEAN Regional Forum on security (ARF) in Jakarta.

During the discussion of current international issues, the Russian side emphasised the ongoing formation of a multipolar world order. Particular attention was paid to regional security risks due to increasing NATO presence in Asia and the West-created bloc mechanisms for network deterrence. Russia confirmed its commitment to consolidating the ASEAN-based security system and enhancing the efficiency of ASEAN-centric mechanisms for countering challenges and threats in the Asia-Pacific region. It emphasised the importance of maintaining inclusive and non-politicised dialogue at ASEAN platforms based on equality, consensus and consideration for the interests of all countries.

The participants in the EAS meeting reviewed the preparations for and drafting of a substantive agenda for the 18th East Asia Summit in Jakarta in September of this year. They coordinated a new work plan for the EAS for the mid-term (2024-2028). Russia urged its partners to step up joint efforts on implementing the Russian initiatives to create a common regional mechanism for countering epidemics and developing cooperation in tourism. The participants also discussed prospects for establishing ties between volunteer organisations in the Asia-Pacific region.

During the ARF meeting, Russia supported the buildup of the forum potential in countering terrorism, strengthening the nuclear non-proliferation regime and ensuring ICT security. It dismissed as unacceptable any attempts to reformat its mandate and impose bloc-based “rules of the game,” which only meet the interests of a narrow group of countries.

As a co-Chair (along with Indonesia) of the ARF Inter-Sessional Meetings on ICT Security in 2022-2024, Russia advanced practical initiatives on countering cybercrime.

The participants adopted a ministerial statement on the forum’s 30th anniversary.

By Nadeem Faisal Baiga