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Moscow, Brasilia set to boost strategic partnership, says Lavrov

Russia's top diplomat recalled a Brazilian proverb saying that the friend is not the one who says ‘go ahead’ but the one who says ‘let’s go ahead together’

MOSCOW, October 26. /TASS/. Russia and Brazil are determined to enhance their strategic partnership, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday unveiling an exhibition dedicated to the 190th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Brazil.

"According to a Brazilian proverb, the friend is not the one who says ‘go ahead’ but the one who says ‘let’s go ahead together.’ At present, we both are motivated to go ahead on the road of a deepening strategic partnership between Russia and Brazil," Lavrov said.

"Our relations keep developing. Regular political dialogue of trust is being maintained at all levels, including the highest one; mechanisms of bilateral sectoral cooperation are functioning efficiently, while trade and economic exchanges are expanding," he said.

"Nonetheless, we do not rest on our laurels, as we are seeking new advanced forms of cooperation, including in the investment, research and technical fields," Lavrov said.

"Our cooperation in global affairs is based on coincidence or proximity of stances on key issues of the present day. We are in close cooperation on major multilateral platforms, primarily at the United Nations, in the G20 Group, and certainly, in BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa)," the Russian foreign minister said.

Friendship and mutual interest in culture, traditions and history pave the way for strengthening bilateral relations, Lavrov said mentioning a school of the Bolshoi Theater in the Brazilian city of Joinville.

For his part, Brazil’s Ambassador in Moscow Antonio Luis Espinola Salgado spoke about the factors uniting the two countries, the developing bilateral relations and common attitudes to the future world.

"We forge the relations of strategic partnership based on common goals. We have similar stances on how a fairer world order should be built founding on adopted rules and the supremacy of international law. We are convinced that a multipolar world order is the best to ensure a search for solutions to respond to challenges of the contemporary world," the diplomat stressed.