The presidents of Russia and China, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping, respectively, will hold this Wednesday a meeting by videoconference, as confirmed on Monday by the spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Hua Chunying, and the Kremlin.
“President Xi Jinping will hold a virtual meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, from Beijing on December 15, “Hua said in a brief statement, without giving any further reactions.
For its part, the Kremlin press service indicated that The meeting will take place on December 15 and he added that both will take stock of the cooperation within the framework of the strategic partnership of both countries.
He also stressed that Xi and Putin address priorities for future China-Russia collaboration and they will deal with issues on the regional and global agenda, without further specificities, as reported by the Russian news agency Sputnik.
Both countries have forged ties in recent years due to their tensions with the United States and other western countries. In fact, the Prime Minister of Russia, Mikhail Mushustin, recently highlighted that bilateral relations are at their “highest” level in history.
“To this day, the comprehensive ties of partnership and strategic cooperation between Russia and China are at their highest level in their centuries of history and continue to develop from the Treaty of Good Neighbor, Friendship and Cooperation,” praised Mishustin at the end of November.
The virtual meeting will take place one week after the meeting between the Russian president and his North American counterpart, Joe Biden.
After the summit, the Russian president Vladimir Putin demanded “immediate” negotiations with NATO and the United States on guarantees for Russia’s security, in a context of growing tensions on its border with Ukraine.
Vladimir Putin stressed the need for immediate launch of negotiations with the United States and NATO to define the legal guarantees for the security of our country, with the aim of ruling out the future expansion of the Alliance to the east and the deployment of weapons systems that threaten Russia in Ukraine and other neighboring states, “the Kremlin said in a statement after a contact between the Russian president and his Finnish counterpart.
Finland is a traditional intermediary between Russia and its Western rivals.
During the videoconference interview, the Russian president had demanded legal guarantees from his US counterpart, Joe Biden to exclude any further NATO enlargement.
(With information from Europa Press)
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