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Updated: August 16, 2013 20:13 IST

Putin urges stronger security ties with China

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In this Augsut 14, 2013 photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin headst the security council at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow.
In this Augsut 14, 2013 photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin headst the security council at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow.

President Vladimir Putin has called for across-the-board leap in Russia-China relations, including cooperation in security and defence.

Recalling his meeting with his “great friend,” Chinese President Xi Jinping, in Moscow earlier this year, Mr. Putin said that they had agreed to “impart a new impulse, new quality to relations between Russia and China [and] raise them to a still higher level.”

“This covers the economy — China ranks first in Russia’s trade turnover, as well as security and international peace,” Mr. Putin told Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi during their meeting in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Friday.

The State Councillor is visiting Russia to prepare a one-on-one meeting between Mr. Putin and Mr. Xi on the sidelines of a G20 summit in St. Petersburg on September 4 and 5

The Russian leader praised the progress Russia and China had made in the sphere of defence cooperation during the meeting.

“We have been successfully cooperating in the military-technical and defence spheres,” Mr. Putin said, opening the meeting. “This is evidenced by the exercises that our militaries have just wound up.”

The Russian leader was referring to Russian-Chinese large-scale land manoeuvres that were conducted in the Russian Urals Region from July 27 to August 15 and involved 1,500 troops and more than 250 units of military hardware, including 20 aircraft and helicopters.

Last year, China resumed massive purchases of Russian weapon systems, taking delivery of seven Il-76MD heavy transport aircraft and signing contracts for the supply of 52 MI-171E helicopters and hundreds of engines for its fighter jets. China has also signed framework agreements for the purchase of Russia’s latest submarines, Amur-1650 and long-range fighter planes, Su-35.

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Nice tie today, as always. Blue suit was smashing, too. And, what a pleasure to see someone as fantastically adept at the command position having accepted the great challenge of work towards strong, solid, stable international relations that underlie and are now critical to the properly functional system needed to organise a civilisation whose people and culture develop very rapidly and are thus emerging ever more aware all the time. The world depends on security with one’s neighbours, and these efforts show wisdom and foresight. May fortune bless these efforts.

from:  Agnes Maria
Posted on: Aug 17, 2013 at 03:10 IST

Nice tie. Keep promoting stable, strong relations. It is a pleasure to have someone so adept taking on the challenge.

from:  Agnes Maria
Posted on: Aug 17, 2013 at 00:46 IST

In the end, India will be left with the leftover friends.

from:  Rajan Mahadevan
Posted on: Aug 16, 2013 at 22:07 IST
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