Wang Yi speaks by telephone with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov
2020/02/02

On February 1, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a telephone call with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov at the latter's request.

Lavrov said, Russia fully recognized and highly appreciated the effective measures taken by China to combat the new coronavirus outbreak, and believed that the threat of the epidemic will soon be eliminated. Yesterday, President Putin sent a message of condolences to President Xi Jinping, saying that Russia fully supports China in fighting the epidemic, is willing to provide necessary medical material assistance, send a delegation of epidemic prevention experts to China, and carry out joint development of vaccines and disease resistance drugs, etc.

Wang Yi thanked President Putin for sending a message of condolences to President Xi Jinping, saying that this reflects the strong mutual trust between the heads of state of the two countries and the high level of comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination for a new era between China and Russia. The Chinese people are working together to unite as one in a serious struggle against the epidemic. We are fully capable and confident in overcoming the epidemic.

Wang Yi said, the Chinese Government has responded positively to the legitimate concerns at home and abroad in an open and transparent manner, and has been fully affirmed by the international community, including Russia and the World Health Organization. The Director-General of the World Health Organization highly valued the decisive and powerful measures taken by China and was full of confidence in China's victory over the epidemic. It is a good tradition between China and Russia that we offer mutual support when we need each other the most. It is also the proper meaning of the comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination for a new era between China and Russia. China thanks Russia for providing the medical material assistance that China needs, and welcomes the Russian delegation of experts on epidemic prevention to China for exchanges on public health cooperation, such as epidemic prevention and control.

Lavrov said that Russia is willing to strengthen communication and coordination with China and properly respond to the epidemic, and work together to make contribution to the cause of world public health.

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