|Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov (R) shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after signing the Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation in Antarctica during APEC meetings in Vladivostok, east Russia, Sept. 8, 2012. (Xinhua/APEC OFFICIAL WEBSITE)
VLADIVOSTOK, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- Russia and the United States on Saturday signed several documents on the sideline of the ongoing forum of 2012 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in this Russian Far Eastern port city.
The documents, signed by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, included an MoU between the two governments on cooperation in the Antarctic, a joint statement on strengthening Russia-U.S. inter-regional cooperation, and a statement on cooperation in the Bering Strait region.
Lavrov said that the signing of MoU had moved bilateral cooperation on the South Polar continent to a brand-new level.
Clinton, representing the U.S. president in the APEC forum, described the agreement on easing visa regime between the two countries as having special historical bearings.
The agreement on visa regime will come into effect this Sunday.
U.S. to strengthen cooperation with Asia-Pacific economies: Clinton
VLADIVOSTOK, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- The United States is ready to enhance cooperation with economies in the Asia-Pacific region, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said here Saturday.
The U.S. trade with Asia-Pacific economies has increased nearly 45 percent from 2009 to 2011, Clinton told the CEO summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.
"We can go further," she said, adding that as "most of the future history will be written in Asia," the United States is willing to be a constructive partner of the Asia-Pacific economies.
She also called on the economies in the region to further expand cooperation in fighting against protectionism. Full story