On January 9, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke by phone with Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China Qin Gang.
The Russian Minister congratulated his Chinese colleague on his recent appointment and wished him success in this responsible position.
The two foreign ministers expressed satisfaction with the fact that their countries have been rapidly expanding their bilateral political dialogue and practical cooperation. They noted the importance of the talks between President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping, held via videoconference on December 30, 2022, for generating steady and sustained progress in all aspects of Russia-China relations.
The two officials discussed topical matters on the bilateral, global and regional agendas. They rejected the policy of the United States and its satellites to establish a hegemony in global affairs, which prompts the West to provoke confrontation with Russia and China, interfere in their domestic affairs, and attempts to constrain the development of the two countries through sanctions and other illegitimate methods. The ministers went on to state that Moscow and Beijing were united in their approaches to fundamental matters on the global development agenda. They gave a positive assessment of the constructive dialogue and high level of bilateral coordination in the United Nations, BRICS, the SCO, within the Group of Twenty, as well as at ASEAN cooperation platforms and other formats, with all these efforts fully in line with the trust-based partnership between the two countries.
They also noted progress on plans to align the Eurasian Economic Union’s development with the Belt and Road Initiative.
Sergey Lavrov invited Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China Qin Gang to visit Russia at a convenient time.