Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at Russia-France two-plus-two ministerial talks, Moscow, September 9, 2019
Almost seven years have passed since the previous two-plus-two format meeting held in Paris. Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian attended it in another capacity, since he was the French Minister of Defence at the time. We are delighted that President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of France Emmanuel Macron decided to revive this format.
We are keeping a close eye on the processes that have caused radical changes across the world, and have called on all major powers on numerous occasions to combine their efforts for ensuring a harmonious transition of the world order that took shape after the Cold War ended.
In this context, we support the initiatives put forward by France, and discussed in August in Bregancon during the meeting between Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron. We also have a positive view of the ideas expressed by the French President on August 27 during the meeting with French ambassadors abroad. These initiatives are designed to strengthen ties between Russia and France on the international stage against the backdrop of our efforts to promote collective solutions to all problems the world is facing today, which fully corresponds with Vladimir Putin’s position and the interests of the Russian Federation.