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President Vladimir Putin of Russia Meets with Wang Yi

2018/04/05

On April 5, 2018 local time, President Vladimir Putin of Russia met at the Kremlin in Moscow with Special Envoy of President Xi Jinping, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Wang Yi conveyed once again President Xi Jinping’s sincere congratulations to Vladimir Putin on his re-election as President of Russia. Wang Yi expressed that China and Russia are each other’s only comprehensive strategic partner of coordination, enjoy the highest level of political mutual trust, and constantly elevate bilateral relations to new stages, which not only benefit from the wise political decisions made by the two heads of state who bear in mind the larger picture of the international landscape, but are also based on the long-term internal demands of both sides for their own development. Currently, the two countries have just successfully completed their respective important domestic political agendas. President Xi Jinping welcomes President Vladimir Putin to attend the Qingdao Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in China this June and pay a state visit. The two sides should speed up preparations to ensure that fruitful results will be achieved from the visit and from a series of important meetings between the two heads of state within this year, thus opening up new prospects for practical cooperation between China and Russia and ushering in a new era of China-Russia relations. Both sides should better maintain respective national security and interests, and safeguard regional and world peace and stability through closer and more in-depth communication and coordination.

Vladimir Putin asked Wang Yi to convey his sincere congratulations to President Xi Jinping on his election by a unanimous vote and once again congratulated China on the successful convening of the Two Sessions. He believed that the important results achieved at the Two Sessions will exert profound influence on China’s future development and China is bound to become more stable and prosperous. Vladimir Putin expressed that Russia and China enjoy really sound relations, and are neighboring countries as well as natural partners. Both sides become comprehensive strategic partners of coordination, which is not an act of expediency but each other’s deliberate decision. He looks forward to visiting China again this June and continuously keeping close communication with President Xi Jinping through various multilateral and bilateral occasions. It is hoped that Russia-China relations will achieve greater development, which is conducive to both countries and the world at large.

Wang Yi also briefed Vladimir Putin on China’s views on the current international and regional hotspot issues.

On the same day, Wang Yi held talks with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of Russia and jointly met the press.

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