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26 February 201914:31

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during a meeting with Wang Yi, member of the State Council, Minister of Foreign Affairs of China, Wuzhen, February 26, 2019

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Mr Minister, dear friend, colleagues,

Thank you very much for your hospitality, for the invitation to come to this beautiful city for the trilateral meeting of the foreign ministers of Russia, India and China. We very much appreciate the opportunity to hold full-format talks on the state of our bilateral relations today.

We have clear goals defined by our leaders, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping. We are preparing for Vladimir Putin’s participation in the second Belt and Road forum, and Xi Jinping’s visit to Russia when he will attend the St Petersburg International Economic Forum as the guest of honour. I must also note the successful implementation of the cross years of Russia-China interregional cooperation project in 2018-2019.

I fully agree with you, Mr Minister, that our cooperation in the international arena is acquiring special significance in the current difficult conditions. I am confident that the exchange of views on key issues on the international agenda will be useful and will help us further coordinate our steps in the interests of peace, security and stability in the international arena.

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