H.E. Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN, welcomed the Letter of Credence of H.E. Mikhail Galuzin as Ambassador of Russian Federation to ASEAN and noted that ASEAN and Russia maintains cooperative political and security relations. He stated that ASEAN respect Russia as an important partner. While striving to achieve the ASEAN Community building by 2015, ASEAN appreciate the role played by Russia in maintaining peace and stability in the region. He noted that Russia participates in the ASEAN-led regional fora and its contributions are highly valued by ASEAN.

SG Minh expressed the hope that the planned 3rd ASEAN-Russia Summit will give impetus to further enhance the long standing ASEAN-Russia cooperation. He looked forward to working with Ambassador Galuzin to contribute to the ASEAN-Russia partnership.

Ambassador Galuzin stated that it is a special honour for him to be accredited as the Ambassador of Russian Federation to ASEAN. He informed that Russia attaches great importance to the multifaceted cooperation with ASEAN and regards ASEAN as the locomotive for economic integration in the region and beyond. He reiterated Russia’s support for ASEAN Centrality in the regional architecture.

With his accreditation, Ambassador Galuzin stated that he is committed to advance ASEAN-Russia Dialogue Partnership. Russia has pursued cooperative relationship with ASEAN through the implementation of the Comprehensive Plan of Action (CPA) to Promote Cooperation between ASEAN and Russia 2005-2015. He said Russia will explore concrete cooperation with ASEAN in the fields of energy, infrastructure development, agriculture, food security, science and technology, combating transnational crime, counter-terrorism, and disaster management, among others.

Ambassador Galuzin also briefed SG Minh on Russia’s efforts in forging economic integration with its neighbour countries in the Eurasian region by forming customs and economic union, which, he said, will bring profound economic impacts in the region.