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MOSCOW, November 19 /TASS/. The Moscow-Beijing ties are a key factor of maintaining global stability and security, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday.
“Breakthrough decisions have been taken lately for deepening cooperation and strategic partnership with China,” Lavrov said in the lower house of Russia’s parliament.
“Global developments vividly demonstrate that the Moscow-Beijing tie is a key factor of preserving stability and security on the planet, establishing a steady multi-polar global system, ensuring the supremacy of law in world affairs and democratizing international relations,” the Russian foreign minister said.
The eastern vector of Russia’s foreign policy is considered not as an alternative to relations with the West, but as a factor for implementing in practice the principle of multi-vectored activities in the international scene, Lavrov noted. He believes that a multi-vectored policy gives Russia a firmer foothold in the international scene.
“Russia is for creating reliable security mechanisms in the Asia-Pacific Region. These mechanisms are to be based on non-bloc principles,” Lavrov said. “This is the aim of the Russian-Chinese initiative for drafting new framework principles of a new regional security architecture. This initiative is being discussed in detail by experts from the countries participating in eastern Asia summits."
“The dynamic development of our eastern territories is a national priority for the whole 21st century,” Lavrov said. “Hence our interest towards more active and productive involvement in integration processes in the Asia-Pacific Region and in tapping its potential for an economic upturn in Siberia and the Far East.”
Lavrov drew attention to the deepening of Russia’s diversified ties with China, India, Vietnam and other partners in the Asia-Pacific region.
Russia “is ready to continue improving relations with Georgia,” Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.
The minister also noted that new treaties were being prepared for signing to build up partnership between Russia and the South Caucasian Republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
Financial support for people’s diplomacy will increase, Lavrov said on Wednesday. “I view people’s diplomacy positively. On the initiative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, a Public Diplomacy Support Fund named after Gorchakov was established to subsidize the participation of our non-governmental organizations in international events,” Lavrov noted.
“Of course, we’ll support organizations which share our viewpoint and speak from patriotic positions,” the foreign minister said.
“We have been promised that sums for this activity will increase. Now they help us work quite efficiently,” Lavrov said.