Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, considered in a phone call Monday that bilateral contacts between Russia and China have reached the highest historical level.
In a statement, the Kremlin said that Putin and Xi Jinping made a phone call and “exchanged warm congratulations on the upcoming New Year holidays and summarized the results of the development of comprehensive partnership and strategic cooperation relations between Russia and China in the year ending.”
During the call, the statement mentioned a “praise of the state of bilateral contacts” between the two countries and “confirmation that it reached the highest level in history and that it in fact bears a mutually beneficial character.”
“In the context of the 75th anniversary of the victory in the Second World War, the two sides stressed the unity of Russia and China ‘s positions in defense of the historical truth and the results of the war.”
According to the Kremlin, “Putin and Xi Jinping noted, with satisfaction, the effective joint efforts of the two countries’ respective interests regarding the coronavirus infection pandemic,” noting “the importance of cooperation in the development and production of vaccines.”
The two presidents affirmed “mutual determination to continue to deepen joint work in all directions, including the implementation of large joint projects in the energy and industrial cooperation sectors,” especially in the context of the 20th anniversary of 2021 of the signing of the Agreement on Good Neighborliness, Friendship, and Cooperation between Russia and China.
Putin and Xi Jinping also expressed their “willingness to revitalize coordination of steps in the international arena in the interest of ensuring peace and stability on the global and regional scale,” and agreed to continue bilateral working contacts.