On 25 June the President of Russia Vladimir Putin will visit China. Between Russia and China has been the practice of annual full-scale exchanges of visits between heads of States. The current visit of the President dedicated to the 15th anniversary of the Treaty of friendship, good neighborliness and cooperation, which laid a very solid Foundation for the development of relations, told reporters at a briefing the assistant to the Russian President Yuri Ushakov. “The visit will be intense and I am sure will be productive,” — said Ushakov.
According to him, the study is more than 50 documents that may be signed during the visit of the President. How many will eventually be signed will be resolved in the coming hours, said Ushakov. “Now between the agencies and business institutions prepared more than 50 documents,” he said.
Putin on the trip, traditionally a visit to China, will be accompanied by a large delegation of officials and businessmen. Will go to Beijing the head of the presidential administration Sergei Ivanov, the five Vice-premiers Olga Golodets, Dmitry Rogozin, Igor Shuvalov, Arkady Dvorkovich and Yuri Trutnev, Minister of agriculture Alexander Tkachev, Minister of industry Denis Manturov, energy Minister Alexander Novak, economic development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev. Of the businessmen will “virtually all the leaders of the largest Russian companies”, said Ushakov. He called the head of “Rosneft” Igor Sechin, the Chairman of the Board “Gazprom” Alexey Miller, CEO of RDIF, Kirill Dmitriev, the Ombudsman for business Boris Titov, the owner of the investment group Volga Group Gennady Timchenko.
Putin and Chinese President XI Jinping arrives in Beijing from Tashkent, where both will take part in the summit of the Shanghai cooperation organization. There in Tashkent, they will hold a bilateral meeting, but will be discussed primarily with the SCO, said Ushakov.
The Chinese visit will begin with Putin’s meeting with Chairman of the standing Committee of vsekitajsky meeting of national representatives Zhang Tzana, then he will meet with Premier Li Ketsana, later to hold talks with XI at first in narrow, and then in the extended format. They will sign the documents and make a statement to the media, then held a solemn meeting on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the agreement and an official reception, told about the schedule Ushakov.
During the visit to discuss issues of launching joint projects in infrastructure, resource development, agriculture development, said Ushakov. On Thursday in Beijing scheduled meeting of the joint Commission on investment cooperation, the Commission will select more than 50 different commercial initiatives which will be implemented by the parties, he said.
The two leaders will discuss issues of cooperation in the energy sector. Russia increases the volume of supply on the Russian-Chinese oil pipeline, there is a coordination of conditions of deliveries of gas to China via the Western route, said Ushakov. Assistant to the President could not answer the question of whether to discuss the participation of Chinese partners in the privatization of Rosneft. “Don’t know” he replied.
Will also discuss issues of cooperation in the aircraft and aerospace industries. It is planned to sign an intergovernmental agreement that will start the joint development and creation of wide-body long-haul aircraft and a heavy civil helicopter, said Ushakov.
The two leaders will discuss a large-scale initiatives to develop transport infrastructure. Until the end of the year it is planned to coordinate the construction of high speed railway Moscow-Kazan, said Ushakov.
Overall, the visit should not expect momentous decisions, Ushakov praised the level of economic interaction between countries. “Some agreements still being douglasiana. Second, at every summit it is impossible to sign some over ambitious agreement. The main thing to start to implement them. The intensity of economic cooperation is very high. You’ll see when you see the list of agreements that the collaboration is prospective in nature and there is no doubt that the level will increase”, — he said. China — a major trading partner of Russia, but trade between countries is falling, estimated Ushakov. Last year the trade turnover has decreased by 28% to $63,5 billion.
Putin and XI will also discuss regional and international issues on which Russia and China are basically the same position. Also during the visit, the leaders will give the official start of negotiations to prepare an agreement between the integration projects (the EEU and the economic belt of the silk road). Speaking at the St. Petersburg international economic forum in 2016, Putin said that China will participate in the creation of new economic and trade partnerships in Eurasia.
In 2016, the Russian and Chinese leader have not yet met. The last meeting was held in November 2015 in Paris. In may 2015, after a meeting between Putin and XI in the Kremlin was signed several major commercial contracts, in particular, the head of “Gazprom” Alexey Miller and the Vice President of China national petroleum Corporation (CNPC) Wang dongjin signed an agreement on the basic conditions of gas supplies from Russia to China via the “Western route”.