|Wang Yi Holds Talks with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of Russia|
On May 13, 2019 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of Russia in Sochi.
Wang Yi said that President Vladimir Putin successfully attended the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in China last month, making important contributions to the high-level convening of the forum. President Xi Jinping and President Vladimir Putin held their first meeting during the year, which has not only planned the development direction of China-Russian relations, but also made a good start for the two sides to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.
Wang Yi pointed out that the current China-Russian relations are beyond compare, but the world we live in is riddled with chaos and uncertainties. Rampant unilateralism is impacting on the existing international system and the basic norms governing international relations. Rumors and discrediting become tools for attacking other countries, and it seems that repeated lies will become facts. We believe that the bigger a country is, the greater its responsibilities become, instead of the other way around. Under the current changes and chaos, it is more necessary for China and Russia, as two responsible major countries, to strengthen strategic coordination, in a bid to not only jointly safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of both sides, but also work with the international community to safeguard world peace and stability.
Sergey Lavrov said that the Russian side has always regarded its relations with China as the top priority of Russian diplomacy, which is in line with the Russian side's long-term interests. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and China. The two heads of state have held frequent meetings. The two sides have maintained close exchanges at all levels, and cooperation in various fields has been continuously developed with fruitful results. The Chinese side is an important and key cooperative partner of the Russian side in the international arena. The two sides enjoy intensive and efficient communication and coordination under the multilateral frameworks of the United Nations (UN), the G20 and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The Russian side is willing to strengthen strategic cooperation with the Chinese side, inject more stability into the world, and promote the process of democratization and multi-polarization of international relations.
The two sides agreed to well prepare for the next phase of exchanges between the two heads of state and other important exchanges, and ensure fruitful results from the high-level visits, so as to continue to inject new impetus into the comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination between China and Russia.
The two sides also exchanged in-depth views on international and regional issues of common concern, including global strategic stability, UN affairs, the situation on the Korean Peninsula, the situation in Venezuela, the Iranian nuclear issue, and the Afghan issue. The two sides agreed to further strengthen strategic coordination, safeguard their common interests, and safeguard world peace, stability and prosperity.