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    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov plans to meet with his Indian and Chinese counterparts. The meeting is scheduled on February 2 in Beijing.

    MOSCOW, January 16 (Sputnik) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet with his Indian and Chinese counterparts on February 2 in Beijing, a source inside Russia's Foreign Ministry told RIA Novosti on Friday.

    "The negotiations in the Russia-India-China format are planned for February 2 in the Chinese capital," the unnamed source said.

    The three countries already cooperate on a regular basis within the framework of BRICS, alongside Brazil and South Africa. Russia currently presides at the organization.

    Russia and India are considering bilateral trade in national currencies. India is Russia's largest partner in military-technical cooperation.

    Russia's ties with China are also strong, the two countries having signed a number of important agreements in 2014, including a 30-year gas deal. Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a New Year's greeting to Chinese leader Xi Jinping that Russia was ready to continue implementing bilateral projects.

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