China, Russia to give ‘international relations entering new era’ statement at Games meeting, says Kremlin

  • Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin to voice ‘common views’ about security and other issues on Friday, with a one-on-one discussion as well as talks with officials
  • ‘China supports Russia’s demands for security guarantees’, a reference to requests Moscow has put to Nato and US during ongoing Ukraine crisis

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping will voice their shared views on international security at a meeting during the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, a Kremlin adviser said on Wednesday.

The two leaders will meet in the Chinese capital on Friday as their countries pursue deeper ties in the face of increasing criticism from the West.

“A joint statement on international relations entering a new era has been prepared for the talks,” the Kremlin’s top foreign policy adviser Yury Ushakov told reporters during a briefing.

It will reflect Moscow and Beijing’s “common views” on security among other issues, he said.

Chinese President Xi Jinping talks to Russian President Vladimir Putin via video link in December.

“China supports Russia’s demands for security guarantees,” the adviser added, referring to requests that Russia put to Nato and Washington over the ongoing crisis over Ukraine.

Ushakov said that after talks with officials, Putin and Xi will hold a one-on-one meeting to discuss “pressing issues and questions”.

Ushakov said a number of agreements on gas were being prepared and that the head of Russian energy giant Rosneft, Igor Sechin, will be travelling to Beijing with Putin.

In the evening Putin will take part in the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, Ushakov added.

Russian officials including Putin are banned from attending international sporting competitions over a doping scandal.

But they may attend if invited by the head of state of the host country.

Russian athletes are allowed to compete as neutrals, without the Russian flag or anthem, if they can prove their doping record is clean.

Beijing and Moscow have denounced a diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Olympics from several countries over what Western governments argue are widespread rights abuses by China.

Author: Agence France-Presse, SCMP

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