JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) – Russia’s top diplomat expressed support for Southeast Asia’s efforts to achieve peace in Myanmar during his visit to Indonesia on Tuesday to demonstrate the region’s importance to Moscow .
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, on a four-day visit to Southeast Asian countries, arrived in Jakarta from Brunei on Monday, where he met with Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah, president this year of Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
After speaking with his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi, Lavrov said he briefed Marsudi on messages Russia sent to Myanmar military leaders and told Marsudi that Russia views ASEAN’s position “as a basis to bring the situation back to normal ”.
During their joint videoconference, Marsudi stressed the importance of following up on the five-point consensus that ASEAN and Myanmar’s military leader agreed to in April and called on Russia to support its implementation. .
“This requires the commitment of the Burmese army to cooperate with other ASEAN member countries,” she said.
The five-point consensus called for an immediate end to the violence and for the opening of a constructive dialogue to find a peaceful solution “in the interest of the people”. It was also agreed that a special envoy from the ASEAN presidency will mediate the talks.
“We reiterated our strong support for the five principles of ASEAN,” Lavrov said.
Lavrov also asserted a deepening of economic and political ties with Indonesia, which will chair the G-20 next year, and the two officials also discussed preparations for President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Indonesia later this year. .
The two officials also discussed the challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic in the Asia-Pacific region and around the world.
Marsudi said Indonesia and Russia have agreed to cooperate on health issues, including COVID-19 vaccines.
The surge in infections has strained Indonesia’s health system as it also struggles to roll out vaccinations.
Lavrov and Marsudi are expected to co-chair a video meeting with other ASEAN foreign ministers before the Russian envoy leaves for another Southeast Asian country, Laos.