MOSCOW, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) -- Russia's diplomacy was facing more and more challenges due to the changing international situation, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.
"The tasks we are facing are not becoming any easier. International situation requires maximal devotion and efficiency," Lavrov said during a meeting to celebrate the annual Diplomatic Day.
Lavrov said that Russia's responsibility for global peace and security was increasing in a world that saw growing turbulence in various regions and more attempts to solve inter-civilizational and inter-religious problems by military force.
"Demand for our balanced responsible policy based on international law, justice and democratic principals in international relations has been growing," the minister said, adding Moscow's balanced approach had received growing recognition.
To achieve more diplomatic fruits in 2014, the top Russian diplomat proposed to cooperate with partners in the United Nations, the Group of Eight and other international forums, which would highlight Russia's continued efforts in the Eurasian integration process.
Xi hails development of China-Russia ties
SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping said in an interview aired Saturday that he is "very satisfied" with the fruitful development of China-Russia relations.
The bilateral relationship has entered a phase that boasts the most solid foundation, the highest level of mutual trust and the greatest regional and global influence ever, he said in the exclusive interview with Rossiya TV. Full story