Putin tells Xi he wants to ramp up military cooperation

MOSCOW, Dec 30 — Russian chief Vladimir Putin told Chinese President Xi Jinping right now he was eager to ramp up armed forces cooperation and hailed the two countries’ endeavours to counter Western impact.

Battered by unprecedented Western sanctions above Moscow’s assault towards Ukraine, Putin has hoped to fortify political and army ties with China.

Moscow’s offensive in Ukraine is a sensitive situation for Beijing.

China has sought to position itself as neutral above the conflict but has offered diplomatic backing to its strategic ally Russia.

“We intention to fortify cooperation between the armed forces of Russia and China,” Putin told Xi by movie hyperlink at the start of the talks, contacting the Chinese chief a “pricey mate”.

The Kremlin main also hailed the attempts of Moscow and Beijing to counter “unparalleled Western pressure and provocations”.

“In the context of developing geopolitical tensions, the value is rising of the Russian-Chinese strategic partnership as a stabilising aspect,” Putin reported.

“We share the identical views on the will cause, system and logic of the ongoing transformation of the international geopolitical landscape,” he additional.

As the West seeks to slash reliance on Russian oil and gas, Putin has seemed to power marketplaces in Asia.

“Russia has turn out to be a person of the leaders when it will come to oil exports to China,” Putin reported.

The Russian chief reported he was anticipating Xi in Moscow on a condition stop by up coming spring. — AFP