Meeting with President of China Xi Jinping
Vladimir Putin met in Astana with President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping.
June 8, 2017
Μeeting with President of China Xi Jinping.
The two presidents discussed current bilateral cooperation matters.
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President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr President, friends,
Let me offer my warmest greetings. We met not so long ago, and we are in the midst of preparing an important event in our bilateral relations – your visit to Russia.
We are in constant contact. I recently had the pleasure of receiving in Moscow your foreign minister, who was working on preparations for your visit together with his Russian colleagues. I am sure that this will be a big and significant event in our bilateral relations.
Of course, it is our tradition to take every opportunity to discuss our bilateral ties and the international agenda. I am very pleased to have this opportunity today.
President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping (retranslated):Mr President, it is likewise a great pleasure for me.
We will meet again in 20 days.
Let me take this opportunity to congratulate you and the Russian people on the upcoming Russia Day, June 12. I congratulate you and the great Russian people sincerely and express my wish to see Russia achieve new successes in its national development under your determined leadership.
You said that every meeting offers us new opportunities for exchanging views. I am looking forward to making my state visit to Russia at your invitation soon. This year, we have many meetings at various forums. This all shows that Chinese-Russian relations are at a high level today and are strategic and enduring.
You recently took part in the Belt and Road international forum and made important statements there. You expressed Russia’s positive commitment to support and participate in this project, working together with us and through the EAEU. You know that it was here, four years ago, that I proposed the Economic Belt Silk Road project.
Despite the complicated international situation, our relations continue their positive development. This development and our close cooperation and mutual support have great significance on the global level. We will continue advancing this cooperation in all different areas and ensure that our ties continue their growth uninterrupted.
I am very happy to have this chance to meet with you.
Vladimir Putin arrived in Astana
The President has arrived in Astana to take part in a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Council of Heads of State.
June 8, 2017
Arrival in Astana.
The summit participants will examine the SCO’s current activity and the decision to accord India and Pakistan the status of full-fledged SCO member states.
They will also examine various aspects of cooperation within the SCO on regional security, deepening trade and economic cooperation and promoting humanitarian ties, and will exchange views on current international issues.
Vladimir Putin will also hold bilateral meetings with a number of the leaders at the event and take part in the Astana EXPO 2017 opening ceremony.
Concert for the SCO Heads of State Council Meeting
Vladimir Putin attended the concert for the opening of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit in Astana.
June 8, 2017
President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Vladimir Putin, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, and President of China Xi Jinping (from left to right) at the concert for the meeting of the SCO Heads of State Council.
The concert was also attended by President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of China Xi Jinping, and President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon.