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Russian President to meet with Chinese leader in Samarkand

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping, who will meet on September 15 in In Samarkand, within the framework of the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), they will discuss current international problems, this meeting will be of particular importance. This was announced to journalists on Tuesday by the assistant to the head of the Russian state, Yuri Ushakov.

"This meeting itself, taking into account the peculiarities of the current international situation, of course, is of particular importance," the Kremlin representative believes. According to him, "it is planned that the leaders will discuss both the bilateral agenda and the main regional and international topics."

Ushakov called the upcoming meeting between Putin and Xi Jinping "a long-awaited personal contact." He added that "this is the second personal meeting of the heads of state during the coronavirus pandemic," recalling that the first took place in February in Beijing, when the President of the Russian Federation came to the opening of the Winter Olympics. The Kremlin representative drew attention to the fact that "the leaders communicate by phone and exchange messages." He clarified that everything has been prepared for the upcoming negotiations.

An aide to the Russian leader predicts that Putin and Xi Jinping "will give a positive assessment of the unprecedented high level, trusting nature of the bilateral strategic partnership" of the two countries. Moscow and Beijing "jointly stands for the formation of a just, democratic and multipolar world order based on international law and the central role of the UN," Ushakov said. He recalled that at the recent Eastern Economic Forum, Putin met with the head of the Chinese parliament, Li Zhanshu, with whom "issues related to Ukraine, Taiwan and so on were raised." "This discussion, but at a higher level and on a wider range of issues, will be continued during the leaders' meeting," Ushakov said.

The Kremlin representative said that Putin and Xi Jinping will discuss the activities of the SCO, increasing the role of the organization in international affairs. Ushakov highlighted the development of trade and economic cooperation among the topics on the bilateral agenda. "In the current difficult situation, under the conditions of collective Western sanctions, this cooperation demonstrates stability, continues to develop steadily, gaining momentum," he stated.

Development of bilateral trade

Ushakov recalled that by the end of 2021, bilateral trade reached a record $ 140 billion, and in the first seven months of this year it increased by another quarter and amounted to almost $ 93 billion. "This gives reason to expect a new record in bilateral trade," the Kremlin representative believes. He added that "strategic cooperation in the energy, investment and industrial spheres is deepening, pipeline supplies of Russian oil and gas to China are growing, there are new achievements in the development of cross-border transport infrastructure, work continues to improve and ensure the independence of the bilateral financial infrastructure."

When asked whether joint documents could be signed following the results of this meeting, Ushakov answered in the negative. "This is a meeting within the framework of an international forum," he explained. "This is a working meeting of the leaders, which is important given the tense situation in world affairs, very important," he repeated. "We attach great importance to it, as does the Chinese side," Putin's aide added.

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