Meeting with Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China Zhao Leji

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On the Russian side, the meeting was attended by Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko and State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin.

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President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr Zhao Leji, I am delighted to see you, this time in St Petersburg, Russia.

Quite recently, we met with our friend, President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping, on the sidelines of the SCO summit in Astana. We discussed the most important issues of our interaction once again. Everything that we agreed on is working properly. Please, convey the best and most friendly wishes to the President of the People’s Republic of China.

Speaking of the parliamentary dimension of our cooperation, I consider it to be extremely important because it focuses on the most important aspects of our interaction and creates a favourable atmosphere for achieving our goals and accomplishing high-priority objectives, including the economy, cultural and humanitarian ties. Parliamentary activities can overlook nothing because, one way or another, all spheres require parliamentary and legislative formalisation. We therefore pay great attention to this, and we are grateful to you for this joint work.

Our interparliamentary commission is working actively, members of both parliaments pay special attention to our cooperation, and we would like to thank them all for this. In turn, we will do our best to make sure that this aspect of activities retains its due status.

I know that you have met in Moscow with the State Duma Speaker and Ms Matviyenko, the head of the upper house of the Russian Parliament. I am happy that you are here with us today, and I am confident that this work, within the framework of today’s events, will become a very good contribution to strengthening our bilateral ties, and that it will consolidate our strategic partnership.


To be continued.

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