|Wang Yi Meets with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of Russia|
On September 18, 2017 local time, Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of Russia during his attendance at the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Wang Yi expressed that Russia has made positive contributions to complete success of the BRICS Xiamen Summit, fully embodying a high level of China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination, for which China appreciates. Both countries still have a series of important high-level exchanges within the year, and both sides should make full preparation for the success of the meetings, so as to promote bilateral relations to achieve more practical results.
Wang Yi stated that the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue has to be solved through peaceful manners. China will continue to strictly implement the UN Security Council resolution and undertake its due international obligation. In the meantime, other parties concerned also need to take their due responsibilities and play their own roles. The current downward vicious circle must be broken. An essential step of recovering dialogue and peace talks is to implement the UN Security Council resolution as well. The roadmap proposed by China and Russia to resolve the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue is practical and feasible. Both sides should jointly strive for more understanding and support from the international community.
Sergey Lavrov congratulated China on its successful hosting of the BRICS Xiamen Summit, hoping China to further promote the influence of BRICS in international affairs and in the UN. He said that Russia is willing to, together with China, well plan bilateral high-level exchanges in the next period, deepen practical cooperation between both countries, and cement bilateral strategic coordination relations under frameworks including BRICS, the UN and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Both Russia and China share a completely identical position on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, and the two countries need to jointly boost a peaceful settlement of the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.
Both sides also exchanged views on hotspot issues such as Syria and Afghanistan.