Russia stands for ‘peace, order based on international law’: top diplomat

ANKARA

Russia supports global peace and order processes based on international law, genuine multilateralism and the central role of the UN, the head of Russian diplomacy said Thursday.

Speaking on the sidelines of a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Council of Foreign Ministers with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said they see how the world is “transforming towards more diversity and balance”. .”

“There are a growing number of truly inclusive forms of interaction. This development is supported by many states, including Russia, China and most countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America, which seek to pursue an independent policy,” Lavrov said, according to a Russian Foreign Ministry statement.

He recalled that the two ministers had met on the sidelines of the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting in Bali, Indonesia earlier this month, adding that Moscow and Beijing had “a proven friendship over the years”.

Lavrov also stressed that his country is satisfied with the cooperation under the aegis of the SCO.

“We note the steady growth in the geographic scope and content of SCO’s business,” he said.

Lavrov stressed that he is sure that the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of member states, to be held on Friday, will lay a “good basis” for further cooperation and preparation for the next meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the SCO.

“Heads of Russian and Chinese foreign policy agencies exchanged views on key aspects of the activity of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and prospects for its further development, including issues of modernization of the association and to increase its prestige in the international arena,” the statement said, adding that the ministers also underscored the leading role of the SCO in building regional security and noted the organization’s substantial constructive contribution. to peace, stability and economic development in Eurasia.

The statement said the two sides exchanged views on the current situation in and around Ukraine.

Russian-Chinese relations continue to develop “dynamically amid a difficult geopolitical situation”, he added.

Ministers also discussed regional and international issues, including integration processes in Central Asia and the latest situation in Afghanistan.

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