The Russia-India-China (RIC) format promotes the establishment of multipolarity and the rule of international law on the world stage, being one of the key factors of world and regional politics, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on November 26 at an online meeting of the heads of the RIC diplomatic departments, TASS reports.
“The RIC format remains one of the key factors of world and regional politics, in demand in matters of ensuring security, improving the architecture of interstate relations in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as promoting broad economic integration in the Eurasian space,” he said.
The Minister stressed that the development of relations in the “troika” is an integral part of the process of forming a more just and democratic multipolar world order with the central coordinating role of the UN, contributes to the establishment on the world stage of such universal values as multilateralism, equality, the rule of international law.
Moscow, New Delhi and Beijing are united by their rejection of trade protectionism, the introduction of politically motivated unilateral sanctions, as well as the use of force in international affairs. “We are working together on an extensive agenda on the UN platform within the Group of Twenty, BRICS, SCO, we support Asean-centric mechanisms of cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region,” Lavrov said.
According to him, in the context of the ongoing pandemic, the system of international relations has faced large-scale challenges in the field of economy and social development. “The virus has also spurred the crisis of global governance, the growth of protectionist and isolationist sentiments, has become a serious test of strength for states and multilateral associations,” the Russian Foreign Minister said, adding that today’s exchange of views on the most pressing issues on the international agenda is important against the backdrop of increasing turbulence at the global and regional levels.
“I hope that our interested dialogue will contribute to a fuller disclosure of the huge, truly strategic potential that the RIC format has”, Lavrov concluded.