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President Putin discusses Russia-China ties, global stability, and Ukraine peace

Beijing, 17 October, 2023 (GNP): In an interview conducted exclusively with China Media Group, President Vladimir Putin emphasized the enduring and strong partnership between Russia and China, underscoring their essential contributions to global stability.

During an exclusive interview with China Media Group, President Vladimir Putin discussed a wide range of topics, including the substantial growth in trade between Russia and China, the participation of the Eurasian Economic Union in the Belt and Road Initiative, and the pursuit of a multipolar world. He also expressed his willingness to contribute to a peaceful resolution in the ongoing Ukraine conflict, contingent on specific actions taken by the Ukrainian side.

President Putin opened the interview by commending President Xi Jinping’s leadership qualities and recognizing his strategic vision in global affairs. He emphasized that the Russia-China partnership transcends short-term political considerations, playing a foundational role in maintaining global stability and adapting to the evolving international landscape.

Trade relations between the two nations have experienced impressive growth, with a notable 32 percent increase, and there are expectations of reaching a trade volume of $200 billion by the year’s end.

Collaboration between Russia, the Eurasian Economic Union, and the Belt and Road Initiative has yielded $24 billion in investments, with the potential for further growth through mutually beneficial projects.

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President Putin shared his vision for a multipolar world, where nations and individuals are equal, enjoying the same rights and freedoms while respecting the sovereignty of each state.

The interview also delved into the evolving dynamics of the multipolar world through the BRICS partnership, with the addition of six new members shifting the balance in favor of BRICS countries, reflecting an objective and evolving process.

Regarding the Ukraine conflict, President Putin noted that hostilities did not commence with Russia’s special military operation but have roots dating back to 2014.

He expressed his willingness to seek a peaceful resolution, contingent on specific actions taken by the Ukrainian side, including revoking the decree and demonstrating readiness for negotiations.

President Putin’s interview with China Media Group provided valuable insights into the current state of Russia-China relations and their global significance, as well as his commitment to efforts aimed at achieving peace in the Ukraine conflict.