MOSCOW, April 7. /TASS/. Russian-Chinese relations are at an unprecedented high level, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Tuesday.
"There is no need to characterize the Russian-Chinese relations, which are at an unprecedented high level. Their quality today meets the national interests of both countries," he said, adding that the two countries’ foreign ministries were working in close contact "constantly coordinating their positions on the agenda." "I am confident you discuss many global problems with your Russian counterpart," Putin said.
"Your current visit is linked with the preparations for a visit to Moscow by our big friend - the Chinese President. We expect him here on May 8," the Russian president said and asked the Chinese top diplomat to convey his best regards to China’s President Xi Jinping.
"Our relations is a positive example of top-level initiative being implemented in practice, in the work of concrete ministries, agencies and companies," Putin noted, adding that this proved that everybody understood "the importance of bilateral relations, the role of the Russian-Chinese cooperation in the international relations." In this connection, the Russian president noted that cooperation between the two countries’ foreign ministries was a major element of such work.
The Chinese foreign minister noted that in the past two years, Russia and China had reached 107 joint strategic agreements, of which 55 had been implemented. "According to preliminary data, in the past two years you /the two countries’ leaders/ have inked 107 joint agreements, of which 55 have already been implemented and 31 are being actively realized," Wang Yi said.
The Chinese foreign minister conveyed "the warmest regards from China’s president" and other Chinese leaders. "The Chinese president values the high level of trust and friendship between you and is looking forward to visiting Russia and attending celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the victory in World War Two," Wang Yi said.
In his words, in the past two years the two countries had reached a high level of cooperation and were now entering a "new stage of strategic partnership."