Russia, China sign economic pacts despite Western criticism

Russia, China sign economic pacts despite Western criticism
# 24 May 2023 10:48 (UTC +04:00)

Russia's prime minister signed a set of agreements with China on Wednesday during a trip to Beijing, describing bilateral ties at an unprecedented high, despite disapproval from the West of their relationship as the war in Ukraine dragged on, APA reports citing Reuters.

Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin held talks with Chinese Premier Li Qiang and was due to meet with President Xi Jinping.

"Today, relations between Russia and China are at an unprecedented high level," Mishustin told Li in their meeting in Beijing.

"They are characterised by mutual respect of each other's interests, the desire to jointly respond to challenges, which is associated with increased turbulence in the international arena and the pattern of sensational pressure from the collective West," he said.

"As our Chinese friends say, unity makes it possible to move mountains."

The memorandums of understanding signed included an agreement to deepen investment cooperation in trade services, a pact on export of agricultural products to China, and another on sports cooperation.

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