Russian and Chinese Foreign Ministers Sergei Lavrov and Wang Yi “on the sidelines” of the high-level international conference “Central and South Asia: Regional Interconnectedness. Challenges and Opportunities ”in Tashkent discussed the issues of information security, the situation in Central Asia, and the problems of the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (JCPOA). This is reported on July 15 on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministrybut.
“A thorough exchange of views took place on topical global and regional issues, including international information security, the situation in Central Asia and the Asia-Pacific region, as well as around the Iranian nuclear program. Particular attention was paid to the current situation in Afghanistan, ”the message says.
It is noted that the heads of the foreign affairs agencies gave a positive assessment to the results of the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states held in Dushanbe on July 13-14. They emphasized the key role of the Organization in strengthening security and ensuring economic development in the Eurasian region.
In addition, the ministers reaffirmed their commitment to building up mutual coordination in the format of the UN, G20, BRICS, RIC and other key international organizations.
Earlier, on July 1, the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov said that the timing of the face-to-face meeting of Vladimir Putin and President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping would be determined depending on the situation with coronavirus infection. He explained that the leaders maintain an ongoing dialogue. According to Peskov, leaders often communicate, which allows them to maintain bilateral relations. Communication between Moscow and Beijing has been established, and this ensures the conduct of negotiations “at the highest level with the highest degree of secrecy,” he added.
On June 28, Putin and Xi Jinping announced the extension of the Russian-Chinese agreement on good-neighborliness, friendship and cooperation during a video conference. Jinping called the treaty a vivid example of building a new type of international relations.
On June 14, the Russian leader called the level of relations with China achieved by the Russian Federation as unprecedentedly high, but pointed to outside attempts to destroy these ties.
Putin emphasized that between Beijing and Moscow there was a strategic partnership, which had not existed before, and a “high level of trust and cooperation” was achieved, and, according to him, in all areas, including politics, economics, technology and in military-technical cooperation.