Security cooperation with Russia important: Xi

(IANS) Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday that it is urgent and important to carry out security cooperation with Russia.
Xi made the remarks here when he met Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of the Russian Security Council, attending the 12th round of bilateral strategic and security consultations and the third meeting of the China-Russia law-enforcement and security cooperation mechanism, Xinhua news agency reported.

Xi called on the two countries to give full play to the existing cooperation mechanism to further enhance security consultation and exchange.

“Both of us agreed that China and Russia need to strengthen mutual support on major issues and consolidate political mutual trust,” Xi told Patrushev, referring to his third meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin this year, in China’s Hangzhou city during the G20 summit this month.

Xi called for doing a good job in integrating China’s Belt and Road Initiative with Russia’s Eurasian Economic Union, and strengthening coordination in international and regional affairs.

No matter how the international situation or the external environment changes, both countries need to work hard to realise their goals of development and revitalisation and to safeguard world peace and stability as well as international equity and justice, he said.

Patrushev said China and Russia are important stable factors in international affairs as both countries conduct close communication on major global and regional security issues, as well as in multilateral organisations such as the United Nations.

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