Putin’s visit to China to be year’s major event in bilateral relations – Lavrov

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Upcoming visit of the Russian President to China will become this year’s major political event in Russian-Chinese relations and its outcome will be an important step toward a closer bilateral partnership, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says in an interview published by China Daily Tuesday.

“Regular contacts both at the highest and high levels give strong impetus to the further development of bilateral relations,” says Lavrov who arrives on a visit in Beijing Tuesday for talks with President Xi Jinping and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

“In 2013, President Xi made a State visit to Russia and the leaders of the two countries met on the margins of the G20 summit in St. Petersburg and the APEC summit in Bali,” he says. “This February, the PRC’s president came to Sochi to take part in the Winter Olympics opening ceremony where he met Vladimir Putin.”

With regard to Putin’s visit to Beijing, Lavrov said: “I think it is still premature to go into any details. I can only say that together with our Chinese colleagues we will spare no effort in preparing for the meeting of our leaders.”

“These are the issues that will be brought into focus during talks (on Tuesday) with Foreign Minister Wang Yi,” he said.

Russia, China to seek polycentric world – Lavrov

Russia and China seek to create a “more democratic” multi-polar world, with the United Nations and international laws playing the central role in the new balance of power, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an exclusive interview with the China Daily Newspaper.

“Our countries advocate a more just and democratic polycentric world order based on fundamental principles of international law and the central coordinating role of the UN,” Lavrov said.

The Russian foreign minister pointed to Russian-Chinese cooperation on the global arena as the most important aspect of their bilateral cooperation, adding a’it is pivotal that in todaya’s complex and unpredictable global context we understand and respect each othera’s interests and concerns.”

He said the two neighbor nations saw eye to eye on the majority of international issues and were ready to further ‘harmonizea’ their stances. “We appreciate Beijing’s measured and impartial stance on the Ukrainian crisis, as well as China’s manifest understanding of all its manifold aspects, including the historic ones,” he added.

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