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Chinese diplomat confirmes Putin expected to take part in Silk Road Forum

February 09, 2017, 11:09 UTC+3 BEIJING

China has been making "rather successful" preparations for the forum, according to Chinese Foreign Ministry

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BEIJING, February 9. /TASS/. China has been making "rather successful" preparations for the Silk Road Forum, Russian President Vladimir Putin will participate in the forum, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a regular briefing.

While commenting on a statement made by Russian Ambassador to China Andrei Denisov, Lu Kang said that "we are now making preparations, and rather successfully." "When the work is done, we will announce the results," he added.

"We are ready to strengthen our relations with Russia in order to ensure prosperity on regional and global level," the Chinese diplomat added. "Russian Ambassador to China Andrei Denisov has already announced the agenda, we will publish new information in due course," Lu Kang concluded.

Denisov said earlier at a press conference that Vladimir Putin would participate in the Silk Road Forum during his working visit to China. "After receiving an invitation from Xi Jinping, the Russian president immediately confirmed his readiness to make a visit to China and take part in the forum dubbed One Belt, One Road. He plans to participate in discussions during the forum and also hold bilateral talks with President Xi Jinping," the Russian ambassador elaborated.

The One Belt, One Road forum is scheduled to be held in China’s capital of Beijing on May 14-15.

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