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Russia is willing to contribute to the resolution of urgent issues facing East Asia
Russia is willing to contribute to the resolution of urgent issues facing East Asia, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday. Addressing the inaugural East Asia summit in the Malaysian capital Putin said: "Bidding to participate in the activities of this community, Russia is willing to make a real contribution in the resolution of urgent issues of regional life." The president added that cooperation between Russia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) was as a good example of effective joint work He said Russia-Asean cooperation was "becoming an important factor in the system of security and partnership in the framework of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum," and was "helping to coordinate efforts within the UN and other multilateral bodies." The president also said Russia considered the East Asia summit as another step toward strengthening of regional ties and that the current priority was to coordinate and unite the activities of all existing regional organizations, including the APEC forum, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which unites four Central Asian states and China and Russia, and Asean. Russia has proactively been developing ties in the Asia-Pacific region in the last few years. In September, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attended a summit held by the APEC forum, while President Putin made an official visit to Japan. Russia is also an observer in the Organization of the Islamic Conference. The East Asia summit, which Russia is attending as a guest, has brought together 10 Asean members and regional powerhouses Japan, China, South Korea, India, and Australia and New Zealand.
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