27 February 201909:10

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at a meeting of the foreign ministers of Russia, India and China, Wuzhen, February 27, 2019


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First of all, I would like to say how grateful I am to our Chinese friends for their traditional hospitality and excellent organisation of our meeting today in this wonderful, unique place.

Three months ago in Argentina, our leaders held an informal meeting that gave a powerful impetus to the activities of Russia, India and China (RIC). They demonstrated a common resolve to intensify our trilateral cooperation. 

We are delighted that the RIC format continues to improve, moving with the times and confirming its position as a popular venue for discussing solutions to the current challenges, the number of which is not decreasing. Our interaction rests on the solid foundation of international law. We are firmly committed to the UN Charter principles of the sovereign equality of states, non-interference in their internal affairs, a peaceful settlement of disputes and equal and indivisible security.  

The ongoing formation t of a fairer and more democratic polycentric world order is a process that makes it necessary for us to closely coordinate our efforts and evolve consolidated positions. It is important to continue promoting a positive, unifying international agenda focused on ensuring global and regional security and stability, attaining sustainable development goals and improving the architecture of international relations, including in the Asia Pacific region. The effort to create a broad integration contour in Eurasia remains fully relevant as well.

Overall, our states and the international community as a whole are facing goals of scope. I am confident that our discussion today will be held in a constructive spirit and will give us a better understanding of how to move towards their implementation.

I hope our work today will be fruitful.


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