During their meeting, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping will sign a declaration on their economic cooperation by 2030.
Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping will sign a declaration marking the entry into a “new era” of Russian-Chinese relations during the Chinese president’s visit to Russia next week, the Kremlin announced on Friday.
Kremlin diplomatic adviser Yuri Ushakov was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies that the two leaders will sign a joint statement on the deepening of comprehensive partnership and strategic ties entering a new era.
According to him, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping will sign another document on Russian-Chinese economic cooperation by 2030, as well as a dozen other agreements will be drawn up.
The two leaders will issue an editorial on Monday, which will be published in a Russian newspaper and a Chinese newspaper, “an important signal before real discussions”, according to Yuri Ochakov.
The Kremlin’s diplomatic adviser insisted the conflict in Ukraine would be on the menu of their talks, saying Russia “greatly appreciates the full and balanced position of Chinese leaders on this issue”.
According to him, Beijing “understands the real causes of this crisis” and based on the document published on February 24, Moscow welcomes the initiative proposed by China to resolve the conflict in Ukraine in a positive way.
According to Yuri Ushakov, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping will also talk about cooperation in the “military-technical” and energy sectors.
Regarding the agenda for Xi Jinping’s visit from March 20 to 22, Yuri Ochakov noted that the two presidents will have their first one-on-one meal before dinner on Monday. A Kremlin spokesman had earlier referred to a “lunch”.
Xi Jinping’s visit comes as Russia has massively realigned its economy toward China since the conflict in Ukraine sparked a barrage of Western sanctions.
Many analysts believe Moscow is now at risk of becoming dependent on Beijing in a form. An observation countered by Yuri Ushakov.
“There is no leader or follower in Russia-China relations. “Both sides trust each other equally,” he said.