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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a news conference in Vienna, Austria, May 17, 2016.

Moscow – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov described the relations between Moscow and Beijing as an idealistic cooperation of the 21st century.

Promoting relations between both countries, Lavrov spoke during a conference entitled as “Russia and China: Towards a New Quality of Bilateral Relations”. He said that the current relations are at their best, describing the foreign policy coordination as a major part of Russian-Chinese partnership.

Analysts believe that Russia and China will be allies in the face of the U.S. and the West. Yet, Lavrov said that both Russia and China play key roles in the modern international politics. Consequently, both countries do not accept policies of extortion, double standards, and intervention in their internal affairs, he added.

According to the Russian side, perfect relations between Russia and China are not only based on political agreement but common economic interests as well. Lavrov described china as a key economic partner as the trade cooperation between the two countries is expected to reach 200 billion dollars in 2020.

Observers see that the nature of current relations is due to several reasons as both countries object the U.S. attempts on gaining international domination along with its policies in Eastern Europe. Therefore, Russia hopes that China, which seconds the U.S. economically, will have a role in reshaping the international policies ending by that the U.S. control.

Tension between Russia and the west keeps escalating with the NATO, after its Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said during an interview with the Financial Times that certain EU countries of the NATO are increasing their military expenditure for the first time in years because of the security threats facing Europe.

During their meeting with Minister Lavrov, journalists inquired whether the new defense expenditure could cause a third world war. Lavrov quickly dismissed the idea explaining that western politicians will not allow that to happen. He added that the West blames Russia for everything in Ukraine, Syria, Libya, and soon Yemen.

“Since the beginning of the twentieth century, no one has wanted to see Russia as a powerful confident state,” he concluded.