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Russia, China to boost strategic cooperation — Lavrov

BEIJING, April 15. /ITAR-TASS/. The upcoming summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), a multi-national forum for enhancing cooperation towards promoting peace, security and stability in the region, scheduled for May, will give a new impetus to the development of Russia-China relations of comprehensive partnership and strategic cooperation, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Tuesday.

“First of all, I would like to convey President Putin’s warmest greetings and good wishes,” Lavrov said. “He highly appreciated that you had accepted his invitation and came to (Russia's Black Sea resort) Sochi in February, for the Winter Olympics, where you had a very fruitful and important dialogue.”

“Today, we have discussed with my counterpart Wang Yi the main parameters of preparations for Putin’s visit to China for bilateral talks and participation in the CICA summit, and we have made definite agenda proposals, taking into account those wishes you expressed during our talks in The Hague twenty days ago,” the minister said.

“We have considered preparations of the documents for signing. This is quite a solid package, and we are sure that this summit will give an extra powerful impetus to the development of our comprehensive partnership and strategic co-operation,” he added.

The Chinese president said that “Vladimir Putin’s visit to China in May and the CICA summit will enhance Russia-China relations of comprehensive partnership and strategic cooperation” and gave his “best regards and warmest wishes to the Russian president”.