According to a preview of his interview with local media, the foreign minister said that the most important thing for Moscow is to ensure Ukraine’s status as a neutral, non-nuclear State and not a member of NATO.
Lavrov is in the eastern city of Tunxi to participate in a meeting on Afghanistan with his counterparts from China, Iran, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
Earlier in the day, he spoke with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and both highlighted the strength of bilateral ties in the face of the challenges and drastic changes in today’s world, as well as the will to advance towards the construction of a more just and multipolar global order.
The head of Russian diplomacy even expressed interest in working together to take “specific steps” and consistently implement the agreements reached by Presidents Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin on the continued strength of Beijing-Moscow ties.
The two diplomats also discussed the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula and affirmed their opposition to the unilateral measures taken by the United States and its allies, which they described as counterproductive.
Lavrov also spoke with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian and they agreed to increase partnership in different areas of common interest.
The Chinese city of Tunxi is hosting a ministerial meeting on Wednesday and Thursday that should help build consensus among all on Afghanistan, and discuss how to help that country and its people gain stability.