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Wang Yi Meets with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of Russia

On December 11, 2017 local time, Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of Russia on the sidelines of his attendance at the Meeting of Foreign Ministers of China, Russia, and India in New Delhi.

Wang Yi expressed that under personal guidance and promotion of the two heads of state, China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination has continuously been running at a high level over the past year. Both sides have firmly supported each other on issues concerning respective core interests, maintained close and effective cooperation in international affairs, and made positive contributions to promoting the building of a new type of international relations. The docking of the “Belt and Road” construction with the Eurasian Economic Union has achieved early harvest, and bilateral practical cooperation has scored positive progress. China is willing to, together with Russia, well implement the consensus of the two heads of state, and well plan and arrange bilateral exchanges for the next year, so as to push China-Russia relations for more results at a high level.

Wang Yi expressed that as the presidency, China will host the Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in China next year. China is ready to, together with Russia, enhance communication and coordination, jointly well make preparations to push the Summit for fruitful outcomes, and especially make use of the SCO platform to boost the in-depth alignment of the “Belt and Road” and other cooperative initiatives with development strategies of other countries, so as to inject new impetus to common development of countries in the region. China, Russia and India, as important emerging market economies, should strengthen coordination and cooperation, strive to form strategic consensus and contribute to safeguarding regional stability and advancing common development, as well as facilitating democratization of international relations.

Sergey Lavrov agreed with Wang Yi's comments on bilateral relations, and expressed that the two heads of state had 5 meetings within this year, and Chinese Premier and Russian Prime Minister met with each other 3 times in a month. Both sides have enjoyed frequent and close exchanges at all levels, and increasingly deepened cooperation in various fields. Russia is ready to further enhance coordination and cooperation under bilateral and multilateral frameworks with China, and promote respective development to safeguard the common interests. Russia supports China to hold the post of SCO presidency, and stands ready to well cooperate in various preparation works, in a bid to boost the docking of development strategies of all countries and promote regional cooperation. Russia always holds a positive attitude toward China-Russia-India cooperation mechanism, and hopes to enhance strategic communication and coordination among the three countries with this platform, and to actively exert influence on the settlement of relevant hotspot issues and global affairs.

The two Foreign Ministers also exchanged views on the current Korean Peninsula situation, the Syrian issue, and important issues of common concern.

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