Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi talked by phone about the situation in Kazakhstan. They expressed concern about the participation of foreign mercenaries in the events in that country.
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“During the conversation, special attention was paid to the situation in Kazakhstan. Both sides expressed their strong support for the Kazakh leadership in restoring the constitutional order in the country. The ministers were unanimous in their assessment of the events in Kazakhstanemphasizing the concern about the intervention of external forces, including the participation of foreign mercenaries in attacks on civilians and law enforcement officials, as well as the takeover of state institutions and other facilities, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
Lavrov and Wang expressed the conviction that peace would return to Kazakhstan. They agreed to maintain close contacts on this and other relevant international issues.
The head of Russian diplomacy also informed his Chinese colleague about the meetings between the Russian and US delegations in Geneva and the upcoming discussions on this subject in the Russia-NATO and OSCE format.
Diplomats also discussed the state of preparations for the president’s visit to Beijing in February Vladimir Putin.