After a short one-on-one conversation, the talks continued in an expanded format.
The heads of state shared their opinions on the situation in Syria. Vladimir Putin informed his Chinese counterpart on the latest developments. During the conversation, the parties noted the similarities in their positions on the need to fight terrorism, and emphasised the inadmissibility of any interference in Central Asia’s affairs. They also stressed the necessity of further cooperation in preventing international terror from penetrating Central Asia and reaching the rest of the world through it.
Additionally, the leaders of the two countries discussed the situation on the Korean Peninsula and spoke out for its denuclearisation.
Overall, the similarity between Russia’s and China’s positions on key international issues was highlighted.
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President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr President, dear friend, colleagues, it is a pleasure to see you.
I would like to stress that our contacts on the political level, at the level of governments, ministries, agencies and leading companies are developing very intensively.
As always, we traditionally have an opportunity to hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of, in this case, the BRICS Summit, and we are very glad of it.
President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping (retranslated): I am also very glad to meet with you here, in Goa, once again, my old friend, President Putin.
Elections to the State Duma of a new convocation have been successfully held in your country recently. United Russia won a convincing victory, which creates a good solid political foundation for Russia’s further stable development. My sincerest congratulations. Stability in Russia in a rapidly changing world is beneficial both for the world and for China.
Last month you took part in the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China, and made a huge contribution to the summit’s success.
We also held a productive bilateral meeting and reached important agreements on the development of Chinese-Russian relations, comprehensive partnership and strategic cooperation at a high level.
As permanent members of the UN Security Council, we must further consolidate our cooperation within multilateral structures. We must address key issues from the position of our joint coordination and cooperation, and hence work towards a more just and rational world order through joint efforts.