Sergei Lavrov

Putin says Moscow 'fully supports' Türkiye's interest in joining BRICS

Russian President Vladimir Putin held a meeting on Tuesday with Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan and expressed Moscow's full support for Türkiye's interest in joining the BRICS bloc.

"We welcome Türkiye's interest in the work of BRICS," Putin told Fidan during the closed-door talks on June 11, after Fidan attended the BRICS+ foreign ministers meeting.

China to 'strengthen strategic cooperation' with Russia as Lavrov visits

China's top diplomat said on Tuesday that Beijing would strengthen strategic cooperation with Moscow and that the two must stand on the side of "fairness and justice" as he met his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

Lavrov arrived in China for a two-day official visit on Monday, with the two countries looking to strengthen diplomatic ties as Russia's war in Ukraine grinds on.

Top Russian diplomat in China for official visit

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was in China for an official visit on Monday, his ministry said, with the two countries looking to strengthen diplomatic ties as Russia's invasion of Ukraine grinds on.

Moscow's foreign ministry announced Lavrov had touched down in Beijing in a post on X, formerly Twitter, on Monday morning.

Russian, Turkish ministers discuss Middle East, North Africa, Black Sea, TASS reports

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan on Friday discussed the Middle East, North Africa and the Black Sea region at a conference in the Turkish city of Antalya, Russian state news agency TASS reported. [Reuters]