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Lavrov says Russian-Chinese ties have huge impact on international agenda

China’s top diplomat Wang Yi also noted the importance of contacts between the two countries

NEW DELHI, December 11. /TASS/. Close cooperation between the Russian and Chinese Foreign Ministries has influenced the international agenda to a large extent, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday in his opening remarks at the talks with China’s top diplomat Wang Yi.

"The outgoing year - we will sum up its results today - was rich in events in terms of foreign policy," the minister noted. "Five top-level meetings, including the Chinese president’s official visit to Russia, have been held."

"Our ministries have cooperated closely, coordinated their actions, which has influenced the international agenda to a large extent," Lavrov stressed. "I expect to consider what steps we can take next year to promote the Russian-Chinese strategic partnership and cooperation."

For his part, Wang Yi noted the importance of contacts between Russia, India and China. "We are one of the world’s largest countries, and we should intensify strategic contacts between the three countries," he explained. "Undoubtedly, Russia will play a substantial role in this process."

Sergey Lavrov is currently in India, where he will take part in the 15th meeting of the foreign ministes of Russia, India and China (the RIC format).