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Putin: Russia is staying out of South China Sea dispute

September 05, 18:21 UTC+3
At the same time, Putin expressed solidarity with China
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HANGZHOU /CHINA/, September 5 /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia is not interfering in an island dispute in South China Sea but supports the stance of China, which has refused to recognize the decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

"We have our own opinion regarding this: first of all, we are staying away because we believe that interference of any non-regional power in the dispute will be bad for the settlement of this problem," the Russian president told a news conference devoted the G20 decisions.

At the same time, Putin expressed solidarity with China.

"We are solidarizing with and supporting China’s stance on the problem - the non-recognition of the court ruling (the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague". 

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