Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Chinese top diplomat Wang Yi
Published: Sep 21, 2023 01:53 AM
Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) meets with Chinese top diplomat Wang Yi in Moscow on Wednesday. Photo:

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) meets with Chinese top diplomat Wang Yi in Moscow on Wednesday. Photo:

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Wang Yi, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee in Moscow on Wednesday, according to China's Foreign Ministry.

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, at the Kremlin in Moscow in March this year.

Since then, the important consensus reached by both countries has been implemented one by one, and positive results have been achieved in various sectors including economy and trade, culture, and sports exchanges and cooperation, said Putin.

Since the beginning of this year, Russia has overcome the impact of unilateral sanctions imposed by the US and the West, and its economy has begun to recover and grow, with various functions operating normally, according to Putin. He said that Russia looks forward to strengthening planning and deepening practical cooperation with China.

Russia highly appreciates and supports the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), opposes distortion and smearing of the BRI. Russia is willing to strengthen the connectivity between the Eurasian Economic Union and the BRI, promoting regional integration, Putin noted.

He said that Russia is ready to maintain close coordination with China in multilateral frameworks such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the BRICS, resisting unilateral hegemony and bloc confrontation, upholding international fairness and justice.

Wang said that during the visit to Russia, he had comprehensive discussions with Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation and Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister, reviewing the cooperation between the two countries in various fields.

China is willing to work together with Russia, based on the important consensus reached by the two heads of state, to enhance strategic mutual trust, deepen practical cooperation, and further consolidate the public and social foundation of China-Russia friendship, Wang noted.

In the face of a complex international situation, the global multipolarization process is accelerating, and the unilateral actions are not sustainable, and hegemonism is unpopular. As permanent members of the UN Security Council, China and Russia bear important responsibilities in promoting global development. Both countries should strengthen multilateral strategic cooperation, safeguard legitimate rights and interests, making new efforts to promote the international order more fair and reasonable, Wang said.

The two sides also exchanged views on the current international and regional situation. On the Ukraine issue, Putin reiterated Russia's willingness to resolve the issue through dialogue and negotiation, according to China's Foreign Ministry.

Global Times