BEIJING, may 14. /TASS/. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin has arrived in Beijing. Straight from the capital of Beijing capital airport, the President will head to the national Congress centre for the opening of the international forum of “One belt and one road”.
This summit brought together 29 heads of state and government and heads of major international organizations. The opening ceremony will be the President of China, XI Jinping, Vladimir Putin and UN Secretary-General, antónio Guterres. According to the assistant to the Russian leader Yury Ushakov, Putin’s invitation to speak at opening ceremony and “One belt and one road” highlights the close level of cooperation between Russia and China.
The initiative of the Chinese leadership of “One belt and one road” project combines the Economic belt of the silk road and Maritime silk road of XXI century, launched in September 2013. It involves the conclusion of bilateral memorandums of cooperation with countries located on the Eurasian road transport itineraries (already signed more than 40 documents) along which will line up “economic development corridors”. They are supposed to improve transportation, logistics, energy and telecommunications infrastructure, coordination of macroeconomic policy of the States, the reduction of trade barriers and to expand contacts between people.
“With the implementation of the concept China views Russia as a key partner. Russia is interested in using China’s initiative provided opportunities for implementation of large joint projects, including for the economic development of regions of Siberia and the Far East”, – said Ushakov.
According to him, the Russian President at the opening of the forum “will represent the Russian vision of economic development on the Eurasian continent” and “will offer a number of concrete initiatives on building the shortest cost-effective and efficient transport routes through the territory of Russia and the Eurasian economic Union for the delivery of goods all the way from the Atlantic to the Pacific ocean.”
For the second half of day the Russian head of state scheduled a separate meeting with XI Jinping, Premier of the state Council of China Li Keqiang, President of Czech Republic Milos Zeman, Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras. It is not excluded short interview up with the President of Turkey Recep Erdogan Tveeprom. On Monday, Putin will take part in the round tables of the forum, and then tell journalists about the results of the two-day stay in Beijing.