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Putin Says Russia-China Relations Will Become Stronger

 Putin Says Russia-China Relations Will Become Stronger

Russian President Vladimir Putin has predicted that in the coming years, Russia-China relations would become stronger.

Partial results which were announced yesterday showed that Putin had won with a thumping majority.

According to an exit poll by pollster the Public Opinion Foundation (FOM), Putin won 87.8% of the vote, the highest ever result in Russia’s post-Soviet history.

Putin was quoted by TASS news agency as saying, “The relations between Russia and China are a stabilising factor, while good personal relations between the leaders of the two nations allow to develop ties even further. Relations have been taking shape over the past two decades. They are very strong and we are complementing each other.”

Putin said that the relationship between both the countries would be maintained as Chinese president Xi Jinping and he enjoyed a good personal rapport.

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“I’m sure that this relationship will be maintained, including, to a great extent, thanks to our good personal relationship with the president of the People’s Republic of China,” he said.

“But the most important thing is that our national interests coincide, and this creates a favourable environment for resolving our common tasks and in the sphere of international relations, where relations between Russia and China serve as a factor of stability,” he added.

Russia and China have come closer over the past few years as Moscow’s relationship with the West has nosedived following its attack on Ukraine. The relationship is based on trade and economic interests along with shared grievances toward America and its allies.

Both the countries term their friendship as one “without limits.”  This assumption comes from the fact that Russia has over the years prevailed and stood up to corrupt influence of the West. Beijing has had its share of issues and historical grievances. The close relationship between then would enable both these countries to stand up to an unbearably arrogant West is what observers say