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Lavrov Reports, Russia-China Strategic Partnership Rallies Nations To Defend International Law

Aug. 6, 2022 (EIRNS)—Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met again on the sidelines of the ASEAN meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on Aug. 5, their third meeting in the past 30 days, he noted, the two having consulted when they at the G20 ministerial in Bali on July 7 and at the SCO ministerial in Tashkent on July 28. There is nothing obligatory about the schedule: “every time we meet, we see that Russia and China have more issues to discuss and adopt practical decisions on,” Lavrov remarked (in Russian) in opening their meeting, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported.

Lavrov pointed to their common evaluation of “the arrogance” with which

“the United States is using every available opportunity to strengthen its domination across the world.... The Americans are acting to suppress any manifestation of independence. In this spirit, they decided to turn Ukraine into a threat for the Russian Federation.... Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan is in keeping with this approach...

“I am sure that our strategic partnership is a motivating force behind the movement for the priority of international law over the ‘rules’ invented by the United States and its satellites. The matter concerns above all international law, beginning with the UN Charter and its fundamental principle of the sovereign equality of states. The United States is violating this principle everywhere every day. We must respond to that.”

In this regard, Lavrov cited in particular the “Group of Friends in Defense of the UN Charter” at the United Nations, a forum on which he said both China and Russia are working. “I regard it as a promising structure that should be expanded. We are confident that more countries will join in this work.”

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