Ukraine, China pledge to strengthen cooperation under Belt and Road Initiative - media
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin on Monday met with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, with the two sides pledging to enhance cooperation, according to Xinhua.
Pavlo Klimkin has said Ukraine fully supports China's Belt and Road Initiative and is willing to deepen cooperation with China within this framework so as to push for practical results for bilateral relations, Xinhua reports.
He has added that the Ukrainian government appreciates China's impartial stance on international and regional affairs and hopes China will play an even bigger role in efforts to solve Ukraine's crisis.
Read alsoFT: Russia seeks to close Ukraine's window to the westBilateral relations now enjoy a solid foundation, said the Chinese foreign minister, adding that China is willing to deepen practical cooperation with Ukraine by seizing the opportunity of the Belt and Road Initiative and carry forward the strategic partnership between the two countries on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit.
Read also25th anniversary of Ukraine-China diplomatic relations: heads of states exchange greetingsThe Belt and Road Initiative, put forward by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013, is aimed at building the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road through concerted efforts of all related countries to benefit all participants by promoting unimpeded trade, financial integration, infrastructure inter-connectivity and closer people-to-people exchanges.
Read alsoFrom China to Ukraine: The new Silk RoadChina supports a political settlement of the crisis in Ukraine through dialogue and negotiations on the basis of the new Minsk agreement, said Wang Yi.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.