- Title: Russia, China agree joint approach to N.Korea
- Date: 4th July 2017
- Summary: MOSCOW, RUSSIA (JULY 4, 2017) (RUSSIAN POOL) VARIOUS OF RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, SIGNING COOPERATION AGREEMENT WITH HIS CHINESE COUNTERPART, XI JINPING AUDIENCE VARIOUS OF PUTIN AND XI SHAKING HANDS, EXCHANGING SIGNED DOCUMENTS, POSING FOR PICTURES PUTIN AND XI TAKING SEATS VARIOUS OF GAZPROM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, ALEXEI MILLER, AND CHINA NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORP (CNPC) PRESIDENT, WANG YILIN, SHAKING HANDS, EXCHANGING DOCUMENTS, POSING FOR PICTURES AUDIENCE VARIOUS OF RUSSIAN OIL PRODUCER ROSENEFT CEO, IGOR SECHIN, AND HEAD OF BEIJING ENTERPRISES GROUP COMPANY LIMITED, WANG DONG, SHAKING HANDS, POSING FOR PICTURES, EXCHANGING DOCUMENTS SECHIN AND WANG TAKING SEATS (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "Among joint international priorities we have a complex resolution of problems on the Korean peninsula in order to secure lasting peace and stability in Northeast Asia. We agreed to actively promote our joint initiative based on the Russian plan of gradual Korean resolution and Chinese ideas of parallel freezing of nuclear missile activity of North Korea and large-scale joint drills of the United States of America and the Republic of Korea." PUTIN SPEAKING, XI LISTENING (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "Russia holds a leading position on the scale of oil import into China. In 2016 within government agreements alone 27,3 million tones (of oil) were exported (to China), and if we take into account commercial contracts - 52,5 million tones. Construction of Power of Siberia pipeline is underway in accordance with schedule. I will remind that this is 38 billion cubic metres of gas for 30 years. As you have just seen the heads of Gazprom and China National Corporation signed an additional agreement aimed to start first supplies of natural gas in December 2019." XI SPEAKING (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE PRESIDENT, XI JINPING, SAYING (ACCORDING TO OFFICIAL TRANSLATION): "This meeting brought great results. It gave a new impetus to strategic relations between Russia and China. I and President Putin are united in our opinion that Russia-Chinese relations are in the best condition in history. No matter how the world situation changes, our determination and certainty in deepening of our strategic ties will remain the same." PUTIN LISTENING (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE PRESIDENT, XI JINPING, SAYING (ACCORDING TO OFFICIAL TRANSLATION): "In the first five months (of the year) our commodities turnover rose to 32,4 USD. China keeps the place of Russia's largest trade partner, and our trade structure constantly improves." VARIOUS OF PRESIDENTS APPLAUDING AND SHAKING HANDS
- Embargoed: 18th July 2017 15:05
- Keywords: Gazprom Wang Yilin Alexei Miller Chinese president Russia China Xi Jinping Russian president North Korea nuclear Vladimir Putin Igor Sechin Rosneft CNPC
- Location: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- City: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016OAX4QV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Russia and China joined diplomatic forces on Tuesday (July 4) and called on North Korea, South Korea and the United States to sign up to a Chinese de-escalation plan designed to defuse tensions around Pyongyang's missile programme.
The plan would see North Korea suspend its ballistic missile programme and the United States and South Korea simultaneously call a moratorium on large-scale missile exercises, both moves aimed at paving the way for multilateral talks.
The initiative was set out in a joint statement from the Russian and Chinese foreign ministries issued shortly after President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping held wide-ranging talks in the Kremlin.
North Korea said on Tuesday it had successfully test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) for the first time, which flew a trajectory that experts said could allow a weapon to hit the U.S. state of Alaska.
Moscow and Beijing used the same joint declaration to call on Washington to immediately halt deployment of its THAAD anti-missile system in South Korea, a move Washington says is necessitated by the North Korean missile threat.
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