Wang Yi Meets with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov of Russia

On June 3, 2018 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov of Russia on the sidelines of the Formal Meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs.

Wang Yi expressed that President Vladimir Putin will pay a state visit to China and attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Qingdao Summit from June 8 to 10. It is President Vladimir Putin's first visit to China in his new term, and also the first meeting between President Xi Jinping and President Vladimir Putin this year, which will be of great significance to the planning of the development of China-Russia relations in the next phase. China is willing to intensify coordination and cooperation with the Russian side in order to ensure that the visit will be completely successful and achieve fruitful results, as well as inject fresh and robust impetus into the development of bilateral relations.

Wang Yi expressed that the current international situation is ever-changing and full of uncertainties. China and Russia, as comprehensive strategic partners of coordination, should further strengthen coordination and cooperation to safeguard the basic norms of international relations, maintain international fairness and justice and preserve the overall interests of emerging markets and developing countries. The two countries should jointly promote the SCO Qingdao Summit which is the first SCO summit to be held after the membership expansion to continuously inherit and carry forward the "Shanghai Spirit", achieve positive and practical results and send out a message of solidarity. The two countries should strengthen strategic coordination on the platform of BRICS cooperation, well hold the upcoming Formal Meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs and make good political preparations for the BRICS Summit which will be convened in July.

Sergei Lavrov noted that Russia attaches high importance to President Vladimir Putin's upcoming state visit to China, and is satisfied with the progress of the current preparatory work. The Russian side stands ready to make concerted efforts with China to ensure that the visit will achieve the desired objectives. Russia fully agrees with China's view on the current international situation, and is willing to strengthen coordination with China in such multilateral mechanisms as the SCO, BRICS cooperation, the G20 and the United Nations. Russia will work with other emerging market economies to oppose unilateralism and protectionism, and safeguard world peace and stability.

Both sides also exchanged views on the Korean Peninsula situation and agreed to continuously enhance coordination and cooperation, in a bid to make efforts towards and contribute to the realization of the denuclearization and long-term peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula.

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