Lavrov: The SCO does not dominate other countries and associations, but strives for equality

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Lavrov: The SCO does not dominate other countries and associations, but strives for equality 25.02.2019 19:49

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is working on creating mutually beneficial, equal and respectful interaction, rather than trying to crush other countries and associations. This was announced on Monday by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, speaking at the conference "International Cooperation in a Restless World," organized by the international discussion club Valdai in partnership with the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam.

"The SCO is a good born partner of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The partnership is already established between the secretariats. This is one of the structures that has been created and developed, starting from life," he said.

The minister pointed out that the organization’s agenda is "very, very broad." “It began with border security, and now security issues are considered more broadly - a regional antiterrorist structure has been created. Economy, culture and education are also on the agenda,” the Russian Foreign Minister noted.

“At the same time, the SCO does not turn into a military bloc, does not seek to crush on anyone. The philosophy of the SCO spirit presupposes the same thing as ASEAN - the path of cooperation, mutual benefit, balance of interests, equality, respect for diversity,” added Lavrov.

The Russian-Vietnamese conference in Ho Chi Minh City takes place February 25-26 and gathered about 40 experts, political scientists and diplomats.