President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin met with President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping in St.Petersburg on September 5, ahead of the G20 Leaders' Summit. The two leaders discussed both bilateral and international issues.
"I would like to thank you for accepting our invitation to the G20 Leaders' Summit. Although we will talk about the meeting of the BRICS countries at the beginning of our meeting today, Russian-Chinese relations are also of great importance, and I am glad to have this opportunity to talk about our bilateral relations," Mr. Putin said.
He added that the two countries' administration and officials maintain regular contact. "Relations between our countries have been developing progressively," the Russian President said.
President Xi Jinping thanked Mr. Putin for inviting him to the summit and expressed condolences over the Far Eastern flood.
Speaking about the G20 summit in St.Petersburg, President Xi Jinping said it was "a crucial event, as the leading economies have come together in order to discuss the most important economic development issues."
"At the same time," he continued, "it is evidence of Russia's growing role in the world and its status as a great power. I wholeheartedly congratulate you on this. I would also like to wish the Summit every success."
Several agreements have been signed in the wake of the meeting between the two Presidents.
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