14 Nov 2019 10:58

Russia-China ties firm, immune to external influence - Putin

BRASILIA. Nov 14 (Interfax) - Relations between Russia and China have sound potential for further development, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of a BRICS summit in Brasilia.

"Ties between Russia and China are firm and stable. They are not vulnerable to any external influence and have very good development potential," he said.

The backbone of relations between these two countries is traditional friendship between the Russian and Chinese peoples, mutual respect for each other's interests, and close coordination on key global problems, he said.

"We have been holding consultations at the political level and cooperating in the economy and on the international stage. A great deal of work is related to military-technical cooperation and military interaction," the Russian leader said.

"It is a comprehensive, strategic partnership in the full sense of the word," Putin said.

The Chinese president, in turn, noted the development of bilateral cooperation in trade and called for these positive tendencies to be maintained.

"The new year is calling for new steps and new actions," Xi told Putin.