Russia and ASEAN organize their first naval exercise
The Russian destroyer Admiral Panteleyev seen off Indonesian territorial waters during a joint exercise between the Indonesian Navy, the Russian Navy and members of ASEAN. AFP PHOTO
In an effort to increase interoperability between the navies of member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Russian Navy, the ASEAN-Russia naval exercise took place from 1 to December 3 in Indonesian territorial waters off the coast of North Sumatera.
The Russian Navy was represented by the Russian destroyer of the Pacific Fleet, Admiral Panteleyev. Lieutenant General Prabowo Subianto, Minister of Defense of the Republic of Indonesia, started the exercise from the destroyer Admiral Panteleyev.
Set up to ensure the safety of maritime economic activity and civil navigation, the exercise took place in two phases: the port phase (virtually) and the maritime phase.
On October 28, the 4th Asean-Russia summit was held by videoconference with the participation of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Poutin. The meeting was scheduled to coincide with the 30th anniversary of Russia-ASEAN relations, which is marked this year.
A number of very important documents aimed at further promoting the ASEAN-Russia strategic partnership were adopted at the summit. In addition, the leaders designated 2022 as the Year of Asean-Russia Science and Technology Cooperation and endorsed the decision to hold the first-ever Asean-Russia naval exercise.