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18 June 201713:29

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with PRC Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Beijing, June 18, 2017

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Colleagues,

We are grateful for this opportunity to hold our regular bilateral “synchronisation of watches” before the BRICS ministerial meeting. As you said, Mr Minister, our contacts are very intensive. Last month, you were in Moscow. Quite recently, we met in Astana. Our leaders also maintain quite regular and busy relations. President of Russia Vladimir Putin visited Beijing. He attended the One Belt, One Road Forum. He talked at length with PRC President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of this event. Since the beginning of this year, the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, the head of the General Office of the CPC Central Committee, and vice-premiers of the PRC State Council visited Russia. There is an ongoing dialogue embracing all aspects of our multifaceted strategic relations.

Today we have a good opportunity to look at the state of bilateral ties and at how the agreements reached by our leaders are being implemented, and, of course, to prepare for tomorrow’s BRICS foreign ministerial meeting. As you quite justly said, the situation in the world requires to be focused on permanently. It is volatile and largely unpredictable. It is quite important for us to do all we can so that the foundations of international law and the UN Charter remain the main tools in building relations between all countries and peoples.

Thank you once again for this opportunity. I am hopeful and confident that tomorrow’s meeting will be quite successful.     

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