ASEAN officials call Russia partner

Oct. 30, 2010 at 1:02 PM

HANOI, Vietnam, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- At a meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations said it sees Russia as a "factor of stability" in the region.

The second Russia-ASEAN summit was held in the Vietnamese capital Saturday, and in a statement it said Russia is a "factor of stability and steady development" in the Asia-Pacific region, RIA Novosti reported.

"ASEAN member states and Russia have confirmed their commitment to promoting their economic integration in the Asia Pacific region," the statement said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday Russia would be a regular member of the ASEAN summits starting in 2011.

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