On January 4, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a telephone conversation with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China Wang Yi.
The parties exchanged opinions on topical global issues. They discussed the state of affairs in the Middle East at length. The ministers particularly focused on the aftermath of the US air strike at a Baghdad airport that resulted in deaths, including the assassination of Qasem Soleimani, Commander of Iran’s IRGC Quds Force. The ministers confirmed that it is unacceptable to use force in violation of the UN Charter and that all countries must respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of other states.
The ministers noted that the unlawful actions of the United States have aggravated the situation in the region. In these circumstances, Russia and China are interested in de-escalation and will take joint steps to create conditions for the peaceful resolution to conflicts.
The heads of the Russian and Chinese foreign ministries confirmed their intention to cooperate closely with regard to the UN Security Council agenda.