China, Russia hold talks ahead of Xi’s visit

Updated - December 04, 2021 11:39 pm IST

Published - February 22, 2013 08:20 pm IST - MOSCOW

Russia and China reaffirmed seeing eye-to-eye on key international problems, ahead of a visit by China’s new leader Xi Jinping to Moscow next month.

Preparations for Mr. Xi’s visit were “in the focus” of talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, said Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

The Chinese leader is expected to visit Moscow on his way to the BRICS summit of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa in Durban on March 26-27.

“Russia and China share the same positions… on the situation in the Middle East and North Africa, including the Syrian crisis, on Afghanistan, the Iranian nuclear programme and other crises,” Mr. Lavrov said at a joint news conference with his Chinese counterpart.

Apart from having talks with Mr. Lavrov, Mr. Yang was also received by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Russian and Chinese Foreign Ministers condemned North Korea’s recent nuclear test, but said they would oppose any foreign military intervention.

“It is vitally important not to allow the current situation to be used for unleashing an arms race and for using it as a pretext for mounting outside military interference and scuttling the chances for the resumption of six-party talks,” Mr. Lavrov said.

The Chinese Foreign Minister, on his part, said that the U.N. Security Council’s response to North Korea’s test “should be directed towards peace on the Korean peninsula”.

0 / 0
Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.