Putin wags his finger at the West after meeting with Xi Jinping

Gazprom is completing the gas pipeline project to China, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a trilateral meeting with the leaders of China and Mongolia on the sidelines of the SCO summit in Samarkand. “Russia is interested in cooperation with China and Mongolia, the countries have a common approach on most issues on the world agenda,” the Russian president said.

According to him, such a close tripartite partnership is quite natural, considering the geographical location of the three countries and the long-standing traditions of friendship and mutual support, respect and sympathy of the peoples of the countries for each other. “Our countries share approaches on the most urgent issues on the international agenda, express agreed positions in the UN and in regional organizations,” the Russian leader added.

Putin noted that the agreements adopted in the trilateral Russia-Mongolia-China format are fully implemented. He recalled the road map for cooperation between the three countries, approved in 2015, and the program to create the Russia-Mongolia-China Economic Corridor, approved in 2016. “Today, we are pleased to say that all these agreements are being successfully implemented.” , Putin emphasized.

He called for a shift to national payment systems in trade with China and Mongolia in all possible areas. “The growth of mutual trade exchange is undoubtedly facilitated by the consistent line of our three countries to expand the use of national currencies in trade payments,” Putin said.

He noted that earlier today at a bilateral meeting with Xi Jinping, the two noted with satisfaction that the share of payments in national currencies in Russia’s trade with China in the first quarter of this year had grown to 27.5%. “In this context, it would be important to switch to national payment platforms, such as the Bank of Russia’s financial messaging system and China’s cross-border payment system, whenever possible,” the Russian president pointed out.

“Attempts to create a unipolar world have recently taken absolutely ugly forms and are completely unacceptable to the overwhelming number of countries on the planet.” This was stated by Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping within the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit.

For his part, Xi Jinping said that the world is facing “colossal changes that have no analogue in history”. According to him, China and its Russian partners are ready “to set an example of a responsible global power and play a leading role to put this rapidly changing world on the path of sustainable and positive development.”

“China is ready to make efforts together with Russia to assume the role of great powers and play a leading role in bringing stability and positive energy to a world rocked by social upheaval,” Xi Jinping told Putin during the leaders’ summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Uzbekistan.

This is the leaders’ second face-to-face meeting in 2022. Putin and Xi Jinping last met in February, when the Russian president flew to Beijing for the opening ceremony of the XXIV Winter Olympics.

On Friday, Putin, Xi Jinping and other leaders will participate in a meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the SCO. After a three-year hiatus caused by the coronavirus pandemic, this will be the first such meeting to be held in person.

Russia is firmly committed to the “One China” principle and condemns US provocations in Taiwan. Recently, the Russian leader also discussed the topic with the Speaker of the Chinese Parliament, Li Zhangshu, who attended the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok.

Tensions over the island, which Beijing considers part of China, escalated on August 2-3 when US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan. The uncoordinated visit of such a high-ranking US official to Taiwan drew sharp criticism from Beijing.

By the end of 2022, a record trade turnover between the two countries can be expected, the Russian leader said. Earlier, Moscow and Beijing set a goal of increasing this amount to $200 billion; this goal will soon be achieved.

“Multilateral relations between our countries are actively developing, and last year the trade turnover increased by 35% and exceeded 140 billion dollars,” Putin said. According to him, “in the first seven months of this year, the volume of mutual trade has increased by another 25%.”

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