Over 300 people commemorated the 48th Anniversary of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), on the 6th at the Atrium Hall, Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, Russia. The reception was attended by ambassadors of the ASEAN Member States, the diplomatic corps in Moscow, including ASEAN Dialogue Partner states, Russian state officials, public figures of Russia, and the local media.

The large turnout reflected the growing significance of ASEAN in Russia. This was a major event, and it was great to be there. All the ASEAN ambassadors in Moscow lined up by the door to welcome arrivals and shook their hands personally. One really did feel welcome, that was a really nice personal touch. Thank you.

Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Russian Federation, Djauhari Oratmangun, as the Chair of ASEAN Moscow Committee (April-October 2015), gave a speech that explains the close partnership between ASEAN and Russia as well as the development of the ASEAN Community. The guest of honour from the Russian Federation, Ambassador Alexander Ivanov stated in his speech that Russia is upholding its cooperation with ASEAN and strives to develop cooperation in all areas, something that will be discussed further at the 20th Commemorative ASEAN-Russia Summit in May 2016 in Sochi, Russia.

An ASEAN birthday-cake-cutting ceremony and cultural performances by ASEAN member states made this an evening to remember. One got the impression that cooperation between ASEAN and Russia is growing, this was a positive, joyous occasion.