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Wang Yi Meets with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov of Russia

On February 16, 2017 local time, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who was in Bonn of Germany for the G20 Foreign Minister’s meeting, met with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov of Russia.

Wang Yi said that under the current background of complicated and ever-changing international and regional situations, China and Russia, as comprehensive strategic partners of coordination, should continue to firmly support each other, constantly deepen all-round cooperation and continuously play a strategically stabilizing role in international affairs. As for the next step, China is willing to work with Russia to maintain high-level exchanges, enhance cooperation in the docking between the “Belt and Road” initiative and the Eurasian Economic Union construction, intensify communication and coordination in major international and regional issues, unswervingly and well develop China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination and jointly cope with all forms of global challenges.

Sergei Lavrov stressed that Russia stands ready to, together with China, well arrange this year’s important bilateral itineraries and enhance strategic communication and cooperation in international affairs.

Both sides exchanged in-depth views on cooperation between the G20 and the BRICS, and unanimously agreed to reinforce bilateral communication and coordination within the G20 framework, support an open and inclusive world economy as well as a multilateral trade system, improve global governance and push the Hamburg Summit for a success. Fully affirming the outcomes BRICS cooperation has made over the past 10 years, both countries are willing to further deepen practical cooperation in various fields, advance the BRICS mechanism to play a more important role in the process of world multipolarization and open up the second decade for a more splendid BRICS mechanism. It is believed that the BRICS Summit in Xiamen will achieve fruitful outcomes.

Both sides also exchanged views on the current situation of the Korean Peninsula, and agreed to continue to strengthen cooperation in this regard and make new efforts in jointly safeguarding peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula and advancing the restart of dialogues and negotiations.

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