President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr President, it is a pleasure to see you again.
Our meeting is taking place as we approach an important event: on October 7, we will be marking 55 years since the re-establishment of diplomatic relations.
Laos will assume the chairmanship of ASEAN, which is very important for Russia in terms of restoring and expanding our contacts in Asia.
Our political dialogue has reached a high level and acquired good dynamics. We should make use of this to expand our trade and economic ties as well.
I am very happy to see you, Mr President.
President of Laos Choummaly Sayasone (retranslated): It is a pleasure to see you again.
Last time we met when I was visiting Russia in 2011, and the meeting took place in a very friendly atmosphere.
The government of Laos intends to further develop friendly relations with Russia building on the experience we have acquired over the years. This applies equally to the development of economic and investment cooperation, to cooperation in education and tourism, as well as military cooperation, and in the sphere of military technology.