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Meeting with First Vice Premier of the State Council of China Han Zheng

September 18, 2018, The Kremlin, Moscow

Vladimir Putin met with First Vice Premier of the State Council of China Han Zheng.

Taking part in the meeting on the Russian side were First Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Anton Siluanov, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, Chairman of the Russian part of the Russian-Chinese Commission on Energy Cooperation, Presidential Aide Yury Ushakov and Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin.


President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr Han Zheng, colleagues, friends,

Welcome to the Kremlin.

This meeting is taking place soon after my thorough conversation with our great friend, President of China Xi Jinping, in Vladivostok. We had an opportunity to discuss almost all aspects of bilateral relations between Russia and China.

I know that you also have a busy schedule in Russia. You have already met with the First Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Government and the Finance Minister.

President Xi Jinping and I spoke about the prospects of developing our trade and economic ties at great length. We talked about successful projects in the energy and industrial sectors.

This experience allows us to cross new thresholds and set more ambitious and important goals. I hope we will continue to do so.

Welcome again. I am very happy that we maintain such an intensive dialogue at the working level and at all levels.

This visit will, undoubtedly, contribute to fulfilling the plans that we discussed with the Chinese President. This is how the landscape of our cooperation is built step by step, always in development, always in motion. I am certain new achievements and more success await us in the future.

We are glad to see you. I would be happy to hear your opinion and the opinions of your colleagues on whether we should adjust certain aspects of our cooperation after mutual consultations and on what matters we should focus.

First Vice Premier of the State Council of China Han Zheng (retranslated): President Putin, thank you for finding time to meet with us.

You are a dear friend of President Xi Jinping and the people of China. First of all, I would like to convey sincere greetings and best regards from President Xi Jinping.

This time I came to Russia to implement the agreements between you and President Xi Jinping in accordance with your successful meeting in Vladivostok.

After the Eastern Economic Forum, President Xi Jinping instructed me to implement the agreements you reached. In accordance with these instructions, all our ministries and agencies work in different areas related to cooperation with Russia. We will also promote our joint projects. This is why I came to Russia.

Yesterday my Russian colleagues – Mr Siluanov and Mr Kozak and I discussed energy and investment. Together we held the 15th meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission on Energy Cooperation and the fifth meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission on Investment Cooperation.

I also had a meeting with Mr Miller and Mr Sechin. We were given a warm welcome by our Russian friends.

I must carry out the instructions of our heads of state, and we had successful meetings of two intergovernmental commissions and signed the minutes of these meeting. When I return, I will report the results to President Xi Jinping personally.

In the future, we are ready to discuss how we can implement the agreements between you and President Xi Jinping. I would also like to hear your valuable opinion.


September 18, 2018, The Kremlin, Moscow