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BEIJING, February 2. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Chinese President Xi Jinping have started negotiations in Beijing, a TASS correspondent has reported.
Opening the meeting, the Chinese leader greeted Russia’s top diplomat and said that the Russian-Chinese relations are in a good state. He also gave his respects to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"You know that due to our joint efforts we have achieved great results in our cooperation and we support rather intensive contacts at a high and the highest level, and a further expansion and deepening of cooperation in various spheres is seen," the Chinese leader said.
Xi Jinping said this year he is ready to maintain close contacts with President Putin in an effort to achieve further deepening and expansion of cooperation between China and Russia.
In his turn, Lavrov thanked the Chinese leader for the meeting and said he fully shares his assessments of the current level of cooperation between the two countries.
Russia, India and China in 2015 will have several highest-and high-level meetings to improve coordination of foreign policies, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Monday during a meeting of the countries’ foreign ministers.
"The three leaders will have many opportunities for contacts to improve further coordination and cooperation on major international issues," he said.
The effective mechanism of the Russia-India-China (RIC) format is based mostly on good bilateral relations and close positions on international issues, the Chinese foreign minister said.