The ambassador is quoted by TASS as saying that Russia is working together with the ASEAN to update a work plan to counter transnational crime and combat terrorism. He added that they hope to adopt the plan next year.

Police in an anti-terrorism drill in Jantho city of Indonesia's Aceh province (Photo for illustration)

Ivanov also said first round of consultations on security issues involving high-level experts from ASEAN nations and Russia took place this year.

According to him, the cooperation between the two sides has been progressing at quite a rapid pace. He said cooperation with the ten-member states is underway in many fields, from politics, security, economy, trade, and agriculture to humanitarian contacts.

Source: VNA