BEIJING, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- Russia is committed to strengthening peace, stability and prosperity in the Asia Pacific region, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.
"It is our clear commitment to ensure strength, stability, security and prosperity of the Asia Pacific," Lavrov said in an article on Xinhuanet.com website before the forthcoming APEC summit scheduled for Oct.7-8 in Bali, Indonesia.
"Our goal is equal cooperation of all countries with no exception in order to strengthen peace, stability and prosperity in the Asia Pacific," he said in the article published on Thursday.
Strengthening engagement with inter-governmental organizations and dialogue mechanisms, such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, BRICS forum, ASEAN Regional Forum, East Asia Summit and Asia-Europe dialogue, among others, is very important for Russia, Lavrov said.
Developing productive interaction between these structures is a long-term task to shape a strong regional and international network of relations, he said in the article.
Russia's foreign policy in the Asia Pacific proceeds from the fact that the creation of an advanced environment of international relations in the region in line with modern realities is very important, he said.
The Russian foreign minister also noted that Russia proposes a transparent policy and economic agenda for the Asia Pacific region.
"We fully support commitment to adopt practical measures to ensure transparency of economy and improve taxation systems," Lavrov said. "Russia is ready to make a substantive contribution to the framework of connectivity in the APEC region, also through implementing our initiatives in the supply chain area."
Russia is committed to actively participating in coordinating measures to facilitate cross-border movement of students, researchers and education services providers.
"We are also interested in discussing opportunities for regional tourist exchanges," he added.