|Russian President Vladimir Putin Meets with Wang Yi|
On February 22, 2023 local time, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs Wang Yi in Moscow.
Wang Yi conveyed to Putin the warm greetings from President Xi Jinping. He noted that the two presidents held an important video conference at the end of last year, which charted the course for bilateral relations in the new year.
Wang Yi said that the current international situation is complex and severe, but the China-Russia relationship has stood the test of the drastic changes in the world landscape and become mature and tenacious, standing as firm as Mount Tai. Although crises and chaos often emerge, challenges and opportunities exist at the same time, and this is the dialectics of history. The China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination for a new era has never targeted any third party, nor does it tolerate any third party's interference or coercion. This is because China-Russia relations enjoy a solid political, economic and cultural foundation, as well as calmness and clear-head from reviewing the past. More importantly, this is because a multi-polar world and greater democracy in international relations, which China and Russia jointly support, are in line with the trend of the times and meet the aspirations of most countries. China is ready to work with Russia to maintain strategic resolve, deepen political mutual trust, strengthen strategic coordination, expand practical cooperation and defend the legitimate interests of both countries, to play a constructive role in promoting world peace and development.
Putin asked Wang Yi to convey his sincere greetings to President Xi Jinping. He said that the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China has opened up new prospects for China's development. At present, Russia-China relations are moving towards the established goals, and bilateral cooperation in various fields and coordination in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, BRICS and other multilateral organizations are fruitful. Strengthening solidarity and coordination in international affairs is of great significance to promoting greater democracy in international relations and the balance and stability of the international structure.
The two sides exchanged in-depth views on the Ukraine issue. Wang Yi appreciated Russia's reaffirmation of its readiness to solve problems through dialogue and negotiations. China will, as always, uphold an objective and just position and play a constructive role in the political settlement of the crisis.