"We regard Madrid as an important partner in Europe. Regular political contacts at the highest level have been contributing to an atmosphere of friendship in our bilateral ties. Trade has been growing steadily, rising by 20.6 percent to $5.3 billion as of end 2017. This positive trend has continued into this year," he told Spain’s El Pais newspaper.
Sergey Lavrov also said Monday that he was set to discuss with his Spanish counterpart Josep Borrell key bilateral and international issues during his upcoming visit to Madrid.
"I will be glad to meet with new Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Mr. Borrell, with whom I plan to discuss in detail the key bilateral, European and international issues," Lavrov said in an interview with El Pais newspaper.
On Tuesday, Lavrov will pay a working visit to the Spanish capital where he will hold talks with Borrell. Russian Envoy to Spain Yury Korchagin told Sputnik earlier that Lavrov would also be received by Spanish King Felipe VI during the visit.