16 February 201718:39

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Bonn, February 16, 2017


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I am very happy that we can profit from the opportunity for joint participation in the G20 ministerial meeting by holding another [Russian-Chinese] bilateral meeting. Such meetings take place regularly and  we value them highly.

Let me congratulate you again on the Chinese New Year. We appreciate the fact that you personally attended the reception that our Embassy in Beijing held on this occasion.

The next regular meetings between our leaders are coming up. President Vladimir Putin will attend the One Belt, One Road international forum. After that we will be preparing for President Xi Jinping’s visit to Russia in July. I suggest that today we discuss preparations for these most important events as well as our cooperation in various multilateral formats: the UN, the SCO, BRICS and others.


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