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Russia and Vietnam want security in the Asia-Pacific without closed blocs

Putin assured that the positions of Moscow and Hanoi “largely coincide or are close.” Both want a “reliable and appropriate” security architecture in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Russia and Vietnam agree that the Asia-Pacific region needs a reliable security architecture without closed military blocs, Russian President Vladimir Putin said this Thursday in Hanoi.

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Putin arrived in Hanoi early in the morning from North Korea, hours after signing a treaty with North Korean leader Kin Jong-un, which provides for the mutual assistance in case of aggression against one of the countries.

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He mutual interest in building a reliable and adequate security architecture in the Asia-Pacific region,” Putin said after talks with his Vietnamese counterpart To Lam.

This security architecture is based “on the principles of no use of force and of peaceful dispute resolutionin which there will be no place for closed political-military blocs,” he stated, quoted by the Russian agency TASS.

The United States and NATO have defined the Indo-Pacific as one of the regions of great strategic importance and have fortified relations and alliances with countries in the region, including Japan, South Korea, the Philippines and Australia.

Putin said he discussed international issues with Lam and that the positions of Russia and Vietnam “largely coincide or are nearby.”

According to Putin, the two countries defend the principles of supremacy of international law, sovereignty and “non-interference in the internal affairs of other States.”

Defend likewise, the development of efforts “in the main international platformsincluding the UN and within the framework of the dialogue between Russia and ASEAN,” he added.

Vietnam is one of the 10 members of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), along with Brunei, Cambodia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore and Thailand.

Timor-Leste is a candidate for ASEAN membership.

Source: Observadora

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