TASS. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping. This conversation took place a week after the teleconference of the Russian leader with the American President Joe Biden and turned out to be a little shorter: if Putin spoke with his US colleague for two hours, then with the Chinese leader – about one and a half hours.
Aide to the President of the Russian Federation Yuri Ushakov told reporters that the Russian and Chinese leaders discussed “literally all pressing and important problems” – from security guarantees for Moscow in Europe to the creation of new alliances in the Asia-Pacific region, from bilateral relations to future meetings, one of which could take place in February 2022.
- Putin told Xi Jinping about the conversation with Biden, calling it generally meaningful and useful. The Chinese leader himself recently spoke with the American president – their meeting in the format of a video conference took place on November 16.
- The Russian president announced his readiness to immediately begin negotiations with the West on security guarantees, which became one of the main topics of his conversation with Biden, and to inform Beijing about the progress of the discussion. The President of the PRC, according to Ushakov, “fully supports” the Russian initiative. As the aide to the President of the Russian Federation clarified, Moscow’s proposals on this topic were transmitted to US representatives earlier on Wednesday. Russia will be represented in negotiations on this topic by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.
- The Russian and Chinese leaders agreed that events such as the Summit for Democracy organized by the United States on December 9-10 (neither Russia nor China participated in it) are counterproductive.
- They also condemned the creation in the Asia-Pacific region of such alliances as AUKUS (the military alliance of Australia, Great Britain and the United States) and Quad (Quadripartite Security Dialogue involving the United States, Australia, Japan and India). AUKUS, under which it is planned to transfer technologies for building nuclear submarines to Canberra, undermines the foundations of the nuclear non-proliferation regime, Putin and Xi Jinping agreed.
- The leaders also agreed to facilitate the holding of the summit of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council in 2022 – Putin came up with the idea to organize such a meeting in January 2020. In addition, a summit of Russia, China and India may also be held soon.
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