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Finland supports visa-free travel between Russia, EU

Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev (R) talks with his Finland’s counterpart Tarja Halonen at the Gorki presidential residence outside Moscow November 8, 2010. (Getty Images / REUTERS / Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin )

November 09, 2010 (KATAKAMI/ RIA NOVOSTI) — Finland supports the bilateral cancellation of visa requirements between Russia and the European Union, the country’s president Tarja Halonen said on Tuesday.

Moscow has made visa-free travel between Russia and the EU a foreign policy priority.

“Finland is among the EU states that support a visa-free regime,” she said. “The European Union and Russia should agree on practical measures required to make progress on the issue, quickly and with regard to all issues, including security.”

Russia submitted a draft agreement on scrapping the visa regime to the EU at the Russia-EU summit in the southern city of Rostov-on-Don on May 31.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov rebuked the EU in late September for dragging its heels on the issue, saying that Russia wanted a “clear answer.”

MOSCOW, November 9 (RIA Novosti)

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Photostream : Finland’s President Tarja Halonen meets Russian President Dmitry Medvedev

Finland's President Tarja Halonen inspects the guard of honour during a welcoming ceremony at Moscow's Vnukovo airport November 8, 2010. Tarja Halonen visits Russia for talks with President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. (Getty Images / REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin )

Finland's President Tarja Halonen puts her gloves on upon her arrival at Moscow's Vnukovo airport November 8, 2010. Halonen visits Russia for talks with President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. (Getty Images / REUTERS / Alexander Natruskin )

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (R) talks with his Finland's counterpart Tarja Halonen at the Gorki presidential residence outside Moscow November 8, 2010. (Getty Images / REUTERS / Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin )

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (R), his Finnish counterpart Tarja Halonen (C) and her spouse Pentti Arajarvi meet at the Gorki presidential residence outside Moscow November 8, 2010. (Getty Images / REUTERS / Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin )

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (2nd R) and his wife Svetlana (R) welcome Finland's President Tarja Halonen (2nd L) and her spouse Pentti Arajarvi at the Gorki presidential residence outside Moscow November 8, 2010. (Getty Images / REUTERS/Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti/Kremlin )

Dmitry Medvedev, Tarja Halonen have informal meeting

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (2nd R) and his wife Svetlana (R) welcome Finland's President Tarja Halonen (2nd L) and her spouse Pentti Arajarvi at the Gorki presidential residence outside Moscow November 8, 2010.

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MOSCOW, November 8 (KATAKAMI / Itar-Tass) — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Finnish President Tarja Halonen had an informal meeting in Moscow on Monday, November 8.

Halonen has arrived in Russia on a state visit.

“The schedule of Tarja Halonen’s state visit began with an informal meeting with Dmitry Medvedev,” the presidential press service said. “The leaders exchanged greetings and conversed briefly, after which the head of the Russian state invited his Finnish colleague to an informal supper.”

“The wife of the Russian president, Svetlana Medvedev, and the husband of the Finnish head of state, Pentti Arajarvi, participated in the conversation along with the presidents,” the press service said.

On Tuesday, the presidents will continue negotiations in an official setting. They will meet in a narrow circle first and will be joined by members of their delegations later on.

Medvedev and Halonen will speak about the results of the talks at a joint press conference.

Japan to return its recalled ambassador to Moscow Sunday

Japanese Ambassador to Russia Masaharu Kono

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November 07, 2010 (KATAKAMI/ RIA NOVOSTI) — Japan’s ambassador to Russia Masaharu Kono, recalled amid the recent diplomatic spat over the disputed Kuril Islands, will return to Moscow by Sunday noon, the Kyodo news agency said.

On Monday, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev became the first Russian president to visit one of the four disputed Kuril Islands, called the Northern Territories by Japan. The move triggered an angry response from Tokyo, which called the visit “regrettable” and temporarily recalled its ambassador to Russia for consultations.

The Japanese government has later taken a decision to refrain from further actions of protest.

Both Moscow and Tokyo have laid claim to the Kuril Islands since they were occupied by the Soviet Union at the end of World War II. The dispute over the islands has prevented Russia and Japan from signing a peace treaty to formally end World War II hostilities.

 

MOSCOW, November 7 (RIA Novosti)

Russian President thanks Japan PM for invitation to APEC summit

File photo : Prime Minister of Japan Naoto Kan ( left) with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (June 26, 2010)

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November 04, 2010 (KATAKAMI / KREMLIN.RU) — President Dmitry Medvedev sent a response message to Prime Minister of Japan Naoto Kan thanking him for the invitation to take part in the 18th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Yokohama on November 13–14, 2010.

The Russian President’s message reads, in part:

“I fully share the belief in APEC’s importance in expanding multilateral political and economic cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region as part of the effort to find effective responses to modern challenges.

I intend to actively participate in discussions on the main theme of Japan’s presidency, Change and Action. I hope that the forum will prompt its participants to adopt a set of joint measures to overcome the effects of the global financial crisis and to develop an optimal model of APEC region’s development in the post-crisis period with an emphasis on economic and social security.

I am confident that the summit will make a tangible contribution to sustainable growth of the economies participating in the forum.”

 

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Meeting of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (R) welcomes North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen during their meeting in Moscow on November 3, 2010. Rasmussen said on November 3 that the alliance and Russia must bury the ghosts of the past at an upcoming summit, as he sought to persuade Moscow to join a missile defense system. AFP PHOTO/RIA NOVOSTI/KREMLIN POOL/VLADIMIR RODIONOV (Photo by VLADIMIR RODIONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

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November 03, 2010 (KATAKAMI / KREMLIN.RU) — Dmitry Medvedev and Anders Fogh Rasmussen discussed the current state and perspectives of Russia-NATO relations.

The President noted during the meeting that relations between Russia and NATO have gained in substance and become more productive of late, which creates opportunities for building a more solid security system in Europe and the world.

Russia’s delegation at the meeting included Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, and Russia’s Permanent Representative to NATO Dmitry Rogozin.

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PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA DMITRY MEDVEDEV: Mr Secretary General, it is a pleasure to see you and wish you welcome.

I want to start by saying that relations between Russia and NATO have gained in substance and become more productive of late. We welcome this, as it creates opportunities to work harder on building up our cooperation and developing a more solid security system in Europe and the world.

We will discuss the current situation today, but I hope that later, at the summit in Lisbon, we will have the chance to talk about key cooperation areas between Russia and NATO. You know that I have decided to attend this summit, and I think it will be a useful event.

Once more, I wish you welcome to the Kremlin.

NATO SECRETARY GENERAL ANDERS FOGH RASMUSSEN:

Thank you very much, Mr President. I’m really happy to be in Moscow once again. I’m pleased that you accepted my invitation to attend the NATO-Russia Council meeting in Lisbon on the 20th of November. Now I look very much forward to a productive meeting and I’m here to prepare that meeting jointly, to make sure that it will be a productive meeting, that we will see concrete results from that meeting.

I share your view that we have seen substantial progress in our relationship during recent months. And I would very much like to develop our cooperation further. I think that summit in Lisbon will represent a fresh start for our relationship, a modernization of our relationship. And I think there is scope for further development of practical cooperation in the coming years.

November 3, 2010, 17:00The Kremlin, Moscow

Medvedev, Qatari emir discuss economic, regional cooperation

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (R) meets with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani in Moscow's Kremlin, November 3, 2010. (Getty Images / REUTERS / Ivan Sekretarev/Pool )

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MOSCOW, November 3 (KATAKAMI / Itar-Tass) – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has met with Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani for talks on economic cooperation and regional interaction.

“Russian-Qatari relations develop successfully. Recently they have become more dynamic and mutually advantageous,” Medvedev said on Wednesday.

The Russian president proposed to discuss “economic relations between our countries and regional interaction”. Medvedev also said the Qatari emir “had interesting meetings in Russia”. “I’m sure that your stay in Russia will be intensive and fruitful,” he added.

Al Thani stressed that Qatar “seeks to develop economic cooperation with Russia”. The Qatari emir said he “had interesting meetings with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller. All meetings were positive. We also discussed cultural relations due to Russia’ s heritage. We also want to develop relations in this field”. “As for our international cooperation, it is developing. I believe that it is necessary to focus more attention to the Palestinian problem,” the Qatari emir stressed.

The talks are being held at the Grand Kremlin Palace. Russia’s delegation includes Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and presidential aide Sergei Prikhodko. The Qatari delegation involves Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jasem Al Thani.

Medvedev congratulates Brazil’s first female president

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev congratulates Brazil's first female president

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November 01, 2010 (KATAKAMI / RIA NOVOSTI) — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev congratulated Brazil’s first female president, Dilma Rousseff, on Monday, the Kremlin said.

The ruling Workers Party’s candidate was elected Brazil’s president on Sunday, after winning 55.49 percent of the vote.

“Please accept my sincere congratulations on your clear-cut victory…Over the past few years we have seen tangible results in the development of friendship and cooperation between Russia and Brazil,” Medvedev’s message read.

Brazil’s outgoing president, Lula de Silva, was first elected in 2002 and was re-elected in 2006. Under the Brazilian Constitution, the president can only be elected for two consecutive four-year terms.

MOSCOW, November 1 (RIA Novosti)

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visited Kunashir, the southernmost of the Kuril Islands

Kunashir Island, November 1,2010 ( Photo by : DMITRY MEDVEDEV, Kremlin.Ru )

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November 01, 2010 (KATAKAMI / KREMLIN.RU) — The President began his working trip at a geothermal station located on the outskirts of Yuzhno-Kurilsk, and noted that it is a good example of small energy facility development, as the production cost of electricity generated at such stations is three times lower than that produced at diesel-powered stations. Mr Medvedev spoke with a duty officer at the station, and one of the matters raised was the expansion of television broadcasting in the area. Currently, the Kuril Islands’ residents receive only four channels, but the introduction of digital broadcasting would expand the local package to twenty TV channels.

The President then visited the Yuzhno-Kurilsk Fish Plant, which processes around 110 tons of fish a day. Governor of Sakhalin Region Alexander Khoroshavin, who accompanied the President, noted that there are some problems at the moment in supplying the plant’s products to the mainland. Mr Medvedev said that he would instruct his Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District to look into this situation.

Mr Medvedev inspected the quay under construction in Yuzhno-Kurilsk Bay. The first stage of construction has been completed with a wharf built and energy supply lines installed. A three-storey passenger ship terminal will be launched in 2011.

The President also visited the home of a Yuzhno-Kurilsk family and asked their opinion of the situation in the local consumer market and the level of healthcare services.

Mr Medvedev was also shown a newly built kindergarten, which will open in November and offer pre-school education to 110 children.

During his conversation with Sakhalin Region Governor Alexander Khoroshavin, Dmitry Medvedev called for more intensive efforts to improve social conditions for life on the Kuril Islands.

 

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Photostream : Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visits Kunashir Island

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev visits Kunashiri Island, one of four islands known as the Southern Kuriles in Russia and Northern Territories in Japan, November 1, 2010. (Photo: the Presidential Press and Information Office)

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visits one of the Russian-held islands claimed by Japan, at the southern Kurils, on Monday, Nov. 1, 2010. Russia's president visited an island in the Pacific Ocean claimed by both Russia and Japan on Monday, triggering immediate protests from Tokyo, which is already involved in a heated dispute with China over islands to the south. (Getty Images / AP Photo/RIA Novosti Kremlin, Mikhail Klimentyev, pool)

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev takes pictures near Soviet-made Cold War-era defense turrets, during his visit to Kunashiri Island, one of four islands known as the Southern Kuriles in Russia and Northern Territories in Japan, November 1, 2010. (Getty Images / REUTERS/Ria Novosti/Kremlin/Mikhail Klimentyev )

Kunashir Island, November 1,2010 ( Photo by : DMITRY MEDVEDEV, Kremlin.Ru )

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev visits a church on Kunashiri Island, one of four islands known as the Southern Kuriles in Russia and Northern Territories in Japan, November 1, 2010. ( Photo by : Yuzhno-Kurilsk / The Presidential Press and Information Office / Kremlin.Ru )

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (L) visits a church on Kunashiri Island, one of four islands known as the Southern Kuriles in Russia and Northern Territories in Japan, November 1, 2010. (Photo by : Yuzhno-Kurilsk Photo: The Presidential Press and Information Office / Kremlin.Ru )

Russia’s Medvedev arrives at Kuril Islands

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev

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November 01, 2010 (KATAKAMI / RIA NOVOSTI) — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has arrived at Kunashir Island, the southernmost island of the Kurils.

This is Medvedev’s first visit to the islands, the dispute over which prevents Moscow and Tokyo from signing a formal peace treaty since 1945.

Prior to the visit, Japan voiced its concerns saying the arrival of the Russian leader could complicate bilateral relations, but Medvedev rejected Tokyo’s attempts to change his plans saying he will “define the routes of trips across his country on his own.”

Tokyo’s continued claim over four South Kuril Islands (Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan, and Habomai) to the northeast of Japan has so far prevented Russia and Japan from signing a peace treaty to end World War II hostilities. The islands were annexed by the Soviet Union after World War II.

 

KUNASHIR ISLAND (Sakhalin Region), November 1 (RIA Novosti)

Medvedev in Vietnam

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (2nd R) hold hands with Philippine's President Benigno Aquino (L), Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (2nd L), Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva (C) and Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung during the ASEAN-Russia Summit on the sidelines of the 17th ASEAN Summit in Hanoi Oct 30, 2010. (GETTY IMAGES / REUTERS/Kham )

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October 30, 2010 HANOI (KATAKAMI / THE STRAITS TIMES) — PRESIDENT Dmitry Medvedev arrived in Vietnam on Saturday for a visit that will see Russia sign a multi-billion-euro nuclear power plant deal with the former Soviet-era Communist ally.

Mr Medvedev said he was expecting ‘serious results’ from the trip, which is aimed at establishing wider energy ties.

Referring to close links between the Soviet Union and Vietnam in the 1980s, Mr Medvedev said he hoped their shared history would provide a firm foundation for a tight, modern-day economic and political partnership.

‘We were together with the heroic Vietnamese people during the years of its fight for independence and reunification, during the complicated period of reviving its national economy,’ he wrote in an article for the Vietnamese newspaper Nhan Dan, the text of which was released by the Kremlin.

The president is scheduled to meet top Vietnamese officials on Sunday and agree on the construction of Vietnam’s first nuclear power plant.

An official with Russian state nuclear conglomerate Rosatom told AFP the construction of the two-unit plant is estimated at over 4.0 billion euros (S$7.2 billion). — AFP

Medvedev to discuss energy security, natural disasters with ASEAN

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev speaks during a meeting on ways to ease Moscow traffic jams in the Gorki residence outside Moscow, on October 28, 2010. (DMITRY ASTAKHOV/AFP/Getty Images)

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October 29, 2010 (KATAKAMI / RIA  NOVOSTI) — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will discuss energy security and disaster response with Southeast Asian leaders at the Russia-ASEAN summit in Vietnam on Saturday, a presidential aide said.

Sergei Prikhodko said on Friday that discussions at the meeting in Hanoi would also cover trade and space cooperation.

Medvedev is due in Vietnam on an official visit at the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart, Nguyen Minh Triet.

“The forthcoming summit will be an important step in solving the task… of strengthening our country’s presence in the Asia-Pacific region and increasing participation in the regional integration process in order to boost modernization and innovative development of the national economy,” Prikhodko said.

Russia holds partner status in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a regional grouping of 10 Southeast Asian states. Next year marks 15 years of the Russia-ASEAN partnership.

“Among the priorities of Russian-ASEAN cooperation are increased trade and economic ties, cooperation in regional energy security, modern technologies, space exploration, medicine, information technologies and machine-building,” Prikhodko said.

In the run-up to the summit, Russia and ASEAN adopted an energy cooperation program encompassing both nonrenewable and renewable energy sources, as well as environmentally-friendly technologies.

“Particular attention will be paid to building up cooperation in disaster response,” the Kremlin aide said.

ASEAN was established in August 1967 and comprises Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia. The United States, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the EU, South Korea, India, China and Russia hold a partner status in the organization. Papua New Guinea has a special observer status.

The organization’s goal is contributing to the development of member countries’ social, economic and cultural cooperation, as well as to the consolidation of peace and stability in Southeast Asia.

With a total population of 580 million people, GDP of $1.5 trillion, stable economic growth and foreign trade turnover of $1.7 trillion, ASEAN remains one of the world’s largest regional bodies, playing an important role in shaping security and cooperation in Asia-Pacific.

MOSCOW, October 29 (RIA Novosti)

Russian poll: Medvedev almost as popular as Putin

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev aims a Kalashnikov assault rifle at a shooting range during a visit to a military unit in Solnechnogorsk, 70 km (44 miles) northwest of Moscow, on October 28, 2010, with Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov (R) attending. (DMITRY ASTAKHOV/AFP/Getty Images)

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October 29, 2010 MOSCOW (KATAKAMI / OMAHA.COM /AP) – A new poll shows the approval ratings of President Dmitry Medvedev edging closer to those of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who has been highly popular among Russians since first coming to power more than a decade ago.

The poll by the respected Levada Center gives Medvedev an approval rating of 76 percent, just below Putin’s rating of 77 percent. This is the closest the two of them have been in the monthly survey, though for much of this year their ratings have fallen within the margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.

Although technically now Russia’s No. 2, Putin is still seen as the more powerful leader more than two years after handing over the presidency. The prime minister is eligible to return to the presidency in 2012, and he and Medvedev have said they will decide between themselves which one of them will run.

The newspaper Vedomosti on Friday cited Levada Center sociologist Alexei Grazhdankin as saying that the rise in Medvedev’s approval rating may reflect the popularity of some of his recent actions, including his firing of the Moscow mayor and efforts to reform the police.

But Grazhdankin cautioned that it was too early to say that polls for Medvedev and Putin had now evened out.

He said if the country remained relatively stable, Russians would be content with Medvedev, who has made modernization his main focus. But if Russia were hit with another wave of terror attacks or armed conflict, people would look to Putin, who is seen as a strong defender of the Russian state.

The poll of 1,600 Russians, conducted Oct. 22-25, was released Thursday.

Medvedev, Obama to meet next month in Japan

(FILE) US President Barack Obama (R) and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev walk across Lafayette Square, from the White House to the US Chamber of Commerce, June 24, 2010 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. The two leaders were walking to the US Chambers of Commerce to attend the US - Russia Business Summit. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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October 29010 MOSCOW (KATAKAMI / ChannelNewsAsia.Com)  — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his US counterpart Barack Obama will hold talks on the sidelines of an APEC summit in Japan next month, the Kremlin said Thursday.

“The Russian and American presidents will have a full meeting on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Yokohama in Japan on November 13-14,” a statement said without giving further details.

The two leaders will travel to Japan after attending a Group of 20 economic summit in South Korea on November 11-12.

At the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit the 21 members are expected to again talk about the tricky issue of opening up their markets to each other.

Although APEC has made little headway for years in creating a free trade zone in the dynamic Pacific Rim region, a US-backed initiative that started five years ago with a group of small economies is gaining momentum.

Obama will meet Chinese President Hu Jintao in South Korea on November 11 ahead of the G20 summit as Sino-US economic tensions flare and territorial rows fester between Beijing and its neighbours.

White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said that Obama’s relationship with Medvedev was one of the “closest and most active” with any foreign leader.

“They’ll have an opportunity to discuss a number of issues, including the progress that’s been made recently in terms of US support for Russia’s entry into the WTO, as well as our ongoing cooperation on issues like non-proliferation, nuclear security, and other security issues,” Rhodes said.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev sent his condolences to Indonesia

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev

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October 28, 2010 (KATAKAMI / KREMLIN.RU) — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev sent his condolences to Indonesian President Susilo Yudohoyono following the earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia.

The message reads, in part :

“I was profoundly saddened to learn of the great loss of life and the destruction caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia.

I express my sincere sympathy and share the Indonesian people’s pain and grief. Please pass on my condolences to the victims’ families and my wishes for a speedy recovery to all who were injured.

If necessary, we are ready to help your country overcome this disaster.”

Medvedev to attend ASEAN summit in Vietnam

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October 26, 2010 (KATAKAMI / RIA NOVOSTI) — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders’ summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, the Kremlin press service said on Tuesday.

Medvedev will arrive in Vietnam on an official visit at the invitation of Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet.

ASEAN was established in August 1967, and comprises Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia.

The United States, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the EU, South Korea, India, China and Russia hold a partner status in the organization. Papua New Guinea has a special observer status.

The organization’s goal is contributing to the development of member countries’ social economic and cultural cooperation, as well as to the consolidation of peace and stability in Southeast Asia.

MOSCOW, October 26 (RIA Novosti)