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President Vladimir Putin of Russia Meets with Wang Yi

On May 25, 2017, President Vladimir Putin of Russia met with Foreign Minister Wang Yi in the Kremlin Palace, Moscow, who was paying an official visit to Russia.

Vladimir Putin asked Wang Yi to convey his warm greetings to President Xi Jinping. Congratulating the Chinese side on the successful holding of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF), Vladimir Putin expected President Xi Jinping to visit Russia at an early date. Vladimir Putin noted that China and Russia are veritable comprehensive strategic partners of coordination, and Russia-China cooperation covers various fields including politics, economy, trade, and international affairs. At present, Russia is embracing an optimistic economic situation. In this view, the government departments of both countries should intensify cooperation and consultation, consolidate the development momentum of practical cooperation, and well implement major cooperation programs, so as to create a favorable condition for the enterprises of the two countries to expand cooperation. Russia and China should closely cooperate under the multilateral frameworks including the BRICS, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, and the G20, reinforce cooperation in international security, and jointly cope with the current hotspot issues for the sake of global strategic stability.

Wang Yi said that no matter how the international situation changes, China and Russia always trust and support each other, which is the most significant feature of the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination. China is willing to, together with Russia, well prepare for the important high-level exchanges of the two countries in the next stage. Not long ago, President Vladimir Putin attended the BRF on invitation, making an important contribution to the success of the forum. Under the guidance of the two heads of state, the two countries should further promote the integration and cooperation between the "Belt and Road" construction and Eurasia Economic Union for more achievements. Development strategies of the two countries are matched to one another and bilateral cooperation enjoys broad prospects. The two sides should further deepen cooperation in various fields including trade, investment, energy, aviation, and finance, expedite the implementation of cooperation on major programs, explore and develop new growth points in agriculture, innovation, and the development of Far East, and deepen the integration of interests of both countries. China and Russia should also reinforce strategic coordination in international affairs, and firmly safeguard bilateral strategic interests, so as to jointly promote the peaceful settlement of international and regional hotspot issues.

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