February 1, 2020 / 2:16 PM / 20 days ago

Russian, Chinese foreign ministers discuss cooperation in fighting new virus

FILE PHOTO: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a news conference after a meeting with his South Sudanese counterpart Awut Deng Acuil (not pictured) in Moscow, Russia, January 28, 2020. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi discussed cooperation in fighting the coronavirus outbreak in a phone call on Saturday, the Russian foreign ministry said.

“The Russian side gave a high appraisal of the measures that China is taking to fight the spreading of the disease caused by the coronavirus,” the ministry said in a statement.

Earlier on Saturday, President Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian military to start evacuating Russian citizens from China due to the outbreak.

Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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