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A delegation of the Federation Council headed by Chairman Valentina Matvienko arrived in Laos on an official visit.

A meeting of the 35th General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly has opened in Laos. Russia is represented at this meeting by a delegation of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation headed by its chairman Valentina Mativenko. Parliamentarians exchange views on issues related to the Asia-Pacific region.

In her speech, Valentina Matvienko proposed to consider at the parliamentary level the prospects for creating a free trade zone through ASEAN - the Eurasian Economic Union. "A draft memorandum of understanding has already been prepared between the Eurasian Economic Commission and ASEAN," she said, according to the press service of the Federation Council.

According to the head of the upper house of the Russian parliament, ASEAN's activities are a clear example of successful regional integration. “We attach particular importance to the concept of regional“ interconnectedness ”being developed in ASEAN, which opens up great prospects for cooperation in improving the transport and energy infrastructure in the APR,” Valentina Matvienko continued. In this context, she pointed to large-scale projects in Siberia and the Far East, such as the modernization of the Trans-Siberian and Baikal-Amur main lines, the construction of the Power of Siberia gas pipeline. “This will create additional opportunities for the formation of new centers of growth in our country and the dynamic build-up of Russian participation in the integration processes in the region,” the head of the upper house of the Russian parliament is convinced.

The program of the visit also includes meetings with the leadership of the Lao People's Democratic Republic, including negotiations with the Chairman of the National Assembly Pani Yathotu.

“Laos is a close and friendly country to us. We have accumulated rich experience of cooperation. And today it is important to see how to balance our trade relations, diversify the structure of trade, expand investment cooperation, develop humanitarian ties, ”Valentina Matvienko explained the tasks of the visit.

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