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Putin tells Xi Russia-China relations are at their 'best'

July 3, 2024

The two leaders met in the Kazakh capital Astana for a summit of a Eurasian security and defense club. Putin also met with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on the sidelines of the event.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands in Astana, Kazakhstan July 3, 2024.
Putin (R) told Xi that the two leaders acted upon their countries' interests, but their actions were not directed against othersImage: Sergei Guneev/Pool/Sputnik/REUTERS

Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed relations with China, saying they were "at their best period in history," during a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The two leaders met in the Kazakh capital of Astana on Wednesday, where they were attending a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). The Eurasian security and defense club is seen by Moscow and Beijing as an instrument to counter the influence of the US and its allies in international affairs.

Alongside Russia and China, four Central Asian states, India, Iran and Pakistan are members of the SCO.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was also expected to make an appearance.

Russia and China have deepened their political, military and economic ties since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022.

What did the two leaders say?

Putin hailed the SCO as "strengthening its role as one of the key pillars of a fair multipolar world order" in opening remarks during a meeting with Xi.

"Russian-Chinese relations, our comprehensive partnership and strategic cooperation, are experiencing their best period in history," Putin said. "Our cooperation is not aimed against anyone, we are not creating any blocs or alliances, we are just acting in the interests of our peoples." 

For his part, Xi called Putin his "old friend" and said Sino-Russian relations were at a "high level."

"In the face of the turbulent international situation and external environment, the two sides should continue to uphold the original aspiration of friendship for generations to come," Xi said.

Putin, Erdogan discuss end to Ukraine war

Putin also met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the SCO in Astana. 

The Turkish leader said Ankara could help establish a basis to end the Ukraine-Russia war. He added that a fair peace suiting the two sides was possible.

Putin and Erdogan also discussed the ongoing war in the Gaza Strip, as well as ways to end the conflict in Syria, according to a Turkish presidency statement.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin are seen during a meeting in Astana on July 3, 2024.
Erdogan (L) stressed that Ankara could help establish a basis to end the war in UkraineImage: Gavriil Grigorov/Russian President Press Office/TASS/picture alliance

Putin also met Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, and the presidents of Azerbaijan and Mongolia, Ilham Aliyev and
Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh on the sidelines of the summit.

rmt/ab (AFP, Reuters)