In his summit speech, the Russian President remarked that the successful construction of a new Asia-Pacific home is in the interests of all countries involved, and chimes with their aspirations to develop a peaceful, productive life. Russia is open to such cooperation, including the creation of various alliances.
Dmitry Medvedev once again expressed his condolences to the Indonesian nation in connection with the recent natural disasters affecting their country, and to Thailand where there was severe flooding.
During the summit, the heads of state and government discussed the status and prospects of the ASEAN-Russia partnership, as well as ways of improving the architecture of security and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. The parties paid considerable attention to the financial and economic aspects of joint efforts to overcome the recent financial crisis.
Following the second ASEAN-Russia summit the parties adopted a joint statement expressing their general approach to security and cooperation architecture in the Asia-Pacific region. The statement also defines the main directions for developing the ASEAN-Russia dialogue in the near future.
The first ASEAN-Russia summit was held in 2005 in Kuala Lumpur. Its main theme was the prospects for ASEAN-Russian cooperation, and it focused on specific projects in such areas as energy, science and technology, emergency response, and tourism.