Lavrov asked the head of the Chinese Foreign Ministry not to be afraid, because he is “among friends”

Sergei Lavrov

At the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Russia and China in Tashkent, Sergei Lavrov, welcoming his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, said: “Do not be afraid, you are among friends.” The video recording of the meeting was published by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova.

The recording shows how the Russian minister welcomes his interlocutor, who does not dare to take off his medical mask. “Don't be afraid,” — says the Russian minister. After this phrase, his colleague laughs, takes off his mask and says: “We trust each other.” “You are among friends,” — Lavrov answers.


Lavrov and Wang Yi met on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit. The parties discussed economic and security issues in the Eurasian space, as well as separately discussed integration issues in Central Asia and the situation around Afghanistan.

“The ministers gave a positive assessment of the current state of Russian-Chinese relations, which continue to develop dynamically in a difficult geopolitical situation. We paid special attention to the implementation of the agreements reached by the leaders of the two countries, — According to a statement on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

At the end of March, Wang Yi said that since the beginning of this year, relations between Russia and China have stood the test in a changing world and are moving in the right direction.

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