Chinese, Russian FMs meet in Germany

BONN, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met his Russian counterpart on Thursday, stressing the need for both nations to continue playing the role of securing strategic stability in global affairs.

Wang met with Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of the Group of Twenty (G20) foreign ministerial meeting held in Germany's western city of Bonn.

Against the backdrop of complex changes in international and regional situation, China and Russia, as comprehensive strategic partners of coordination, should continue supporting each other firmly, Wang said.

Both countries should continue deepening comprehensive cooperation and playing the role of securing strategic stability in global affairs, he said.

Look ahead, China is willing to maintain high-level exchange with Russia, and strengthen alignment and cooperation between the Belt and Road Initiative and the Euroasian Economic Union project, Wang said.

China is also willing to maintain close communication and coordination with Russia on major international and regional issues, and unswervingly build a comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination with Russia, so as to jointly cope with various global challenges, Wang said.

Lavrov said Russia will work together with China to arrange major bilateral agendas this year, and enhance strategic communication and cooperation on global issues.

The two top diplomats also exchanged views on bilateral cooperation under the frameworks of G20 and BRICS.

Both agreed to deepen communication and coordination between the two nations under the framework of G20.

They endorsed an open and inclusive mechanism of global economy and multilateral trade, agreed to improve global governance and facilitate a successful G20 Hamburg Summit.

Wang and Lavrov praised the fruitful results during the past ten years of cooperation among the BRICS nations, namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

The two nations agreed to deepen practical cooperation in various fields and enable the BRICS mechanism to play a more important role in progress toward a multipolar world.

Wang and Lavrov also expected fruitful results from the ninth BRICS leaders' summit, which will be held in southeast China's coastal city of Xiamen in September.

On situation in the Korean Peninsula, they agreed to continue strengthening cooperation to maintain peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula, and make fresh efforts to restart talks.

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