May 8th, 2015 –
Rusvesna & IBT report combined by Joaquin Flores –
Russia and China Will Conclude several Important Agreements Today
Russian President Vladimir Putin today, May 8th, will hold talks in Moscow with President Xi Jinping. The president’s aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters that the Chinese leader is in Russia for several days on an official visit at the invitation of Putin.
The Kremlin has said the Chinese leader is in the Russian capital at the invitation of Putin. More than 40 agreements ranging from security to the economy and energy are expected to be signed by the two leaders as they are poised to boost Sino-Russian ties.
During the talks, Xi and Putin are also likely to discuss a range of international political issues alongside expanding the two countries’ strategic cooperation.
Xi will be in Moscow from 8 to 10 May also to attend Russia’s military parade marking the 70th anniversary of World War II.
Xi will also meet Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev during his visit.
The Chinese leader had left Beijing to visit Kazakhstan before arriving in Moscow. On the third leg of the tour, he will make a two-day trip to Minsk at the invitation of Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka.
Putin will reciprocate Xi’s visit in September this year when Beijing will hold its own military parade to commemorate the end of World War II. This will be the first time a Russian leader will attend such an event in China. Despite the enhanced cooperation between the two countries, minor issues remain which both Beijing and Moscow are keen on ironing out.
Today’s negotiations will be held first in a narrow format in the extended format of a working breakfast. After that, a ceremony of signing documents and they will make a statement to the press.
In addition, the program includes a visit of the Chinese leader with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, as well as participation in the events dedicated to the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War.
Putin aide Yuri Ushakov said that Putin and Xi planned to sign about 40 documents. Among them is a joint statement by the leaders of Russia and China to deepen the comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation and promoting mutually beneficial cooperation.
Ushakov said that as of May 6th, “some documents are already signed.” In particular, the memorandum of understanding about forms of financing high-speed railway “Moscow – Kazan” (China may invest in the project about 300 billion rubles).
Regarding military-technical cooperation between Moscow and Beijing, Ushakov said that such cooperation “will be discussed.” Referring to a possible signing of documents in the energy sector, he stressed that “the documents are ready.” “To talk about the specifics, I would now abstain, as it is still agreed,” – said Ushakov.
“I worked out a total of 40 documents, some of them major, to be chosen in order to sign them in the presence of heads of state, and the rest will be signed during the visit, but they will also be announced as appropriate” – summed up the president’s aide.
The Kremlin recalled that the approaches of the two countries are close or coincide on the most pressing international issues: the Syrian settlement, Iran’s nuclear program and the situation on the Korean Peninsula, the crisis in Ukraine. Successful teamwork is the SCO, BRICS, the UN, the “Group of Twenty” and other international fora, including the gathering pace trilateral Russia-China-Mongolia.
Some companies that have agreed to their documents, have already announced plans to sign them May 8th. Thus, according to unofficial information, “Gazprom” plans to sign documents on that day with China’s CNPC regarding the development of agreements on gas supplies to China via the “western direction.” This was reported by several sources close to the Russian company.
In addition, Russia’s largest gold mining company “Polyus Gold” plans to sign an agreement with the Chinese gold mining corporation on a number of projects, including the Natalka deposit in the Magadan region.