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Wang Yi Holds Talks with Foreign Minister Sergey Viktorovich Lavrov of Russia

2016/05/24

On May 24, 2016, when attending the meeting of Council of Foreign Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Tashkent, Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Foreign Minister Sergey Viktorovich Lavrov of Russia.

Wang Yi expressed that the two countries are about to witness President Vladimir Putin's visit to China. China stands ready to conduct close cooperation with Russia to ensure important results from President Vladimir Putin's visit to China and promote the high-level operation of China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination. China and Russia should speed up the docking of the construction of the Silk Road Economic Belt with the building of the Eurasian Economic Union, so as to strive for early harvest.

Wang Yi expressed that China and Russia have maintained close strategic coordination and cooperation in international and regional issues, becoming an indispensable and important factor for safeguarding international strategic stability. The two countries should jointly safeguard the central position of the United Nations (UN) as well as basic norms of international relations, and accelerate the process of political settlement of international and regional issues.

Wang Yi said that the development of the SCO is a growth of world peace and stability. Both sides should continue to closely coordinate and cooperate, support to well host the Tashkent Summit and show the vitality and attraction of the SCO.

Sergey Viktorovich Lavrov expressed that Russia-China relations are a priority for Russia's diplomacy. With close high-level exchanges and active cooperation in all areas, the two countries have effectively implemented the consensus reached by the two heads of state on deepening Russia-China relations. As major countries, Russia and China have played responsible roles in international and regional issues, safeguarded principles of international law with UN Charter as the core and enhanced world peace and stability.

Sergey Viktorovich Lavrov said that Russia is willing to work with the Chinese side to well prepare for President Vladimir Putin's visit to China and push Russia-China comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination to another new stage. The two countries should deeply integrate the Eurasian Economic Union with the "Belt and Road" initiative, so as to facilitate common development of the Eurasian region.

Sergey Viktorovich Lavrov reiterated that Russia opposes the internationalization of the South China Sea issue and supports to resolve disputes through dialogue and negotiation by countries concerned in accordance with existing bilateral and multilateral agreements.

Wang Yi and Sergey Viktorovich Lavrov also exchanged views and coordinated positions on the Korean Peninsula issue, the Syrian issue, the Afghan issue, the Central Asian situation as well as other issues.

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