Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stressed that Russia and China will do their utmost to secure and protect their financial and trade relations from threats from unfriendly countries.
During a joint press conference with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, on Tuesday, Lavrov criticized the sanctions and threats policy pursued by Western countries.
“It is not possible to manage affairs in the world through warnings, through sanctions, and forcing other countries to act according to what they expect of them,” Lavrov said.
Lavrov cited a Russian proverb saying, “You cannot be forced into love,” adding that “the United States, unfortunately, did not learn this and work against it.”
Returning to the Russian-Chinese relations, Lavrov said, “I am convinced that we will do our best to preserve and protect them. We will not succumb to any threats from countries that are not friendly to our two countries, and we will protect trade routes and exchanges, and this makes us stronger.”
Lavrov indicated that Russia intends to move away from relying on financial systems controlled by Western countries.