On Aug. 15, 2013, State Councilor Yang Jiechi met with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov of Russia in Moscow.
They expressed that in March this year, President Xi Jinping paid a successful state visit to Russia and the heads of state of the two countries reached important consensus on further developing China-Russia comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership. The China-Russia relationship is now forging ahead in the direction set by the two heads of state. The two countries enjoy frequent high-level exchanges. Various cooperation mechanisms are in effective operation. The exchanges and cooperation in the fields of politics, economy, military affairs and people-to-people exchanges enjoy a sound momentum and close communication and coordination have been maintained in major international and regional affairs. President Xi Jinping will attend the G20 St. Petersburg Summit and meet with President Vladimir Putin. It will be a big event for China-Russia relations in the second half of this year. China will provide full support to the Russian side for hosting the Summit. Both sides will make concerted efforts to push for the success of the Summit so as to yield new fruits in bilateral practical cooperation. Both sides will as well work with all other parties to ensure new progress of the SCO Bishkek Summit in promoting the Organization's development and cooperation among member states.
They also exchanged views on Korean Peninsula situation, Iranian nuclear issue, Syria and other issues. They pledged that the two countries will strengthen coordination and cooperation, and work along with the international community to actively promote peace and open talks, in a bid to safeguard global and regional peace and stability.