Putin in China: What will be agreed to?

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MOSCOW – Moscow and Beijing plan to approve a package of agreements during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s upcoming visit to China, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday.

Putin should pay a visit to China between June 9 and 10. The Russian president will attend the meeting of leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

What will be agreed to? There has been little public discussion on what the likely outcome or purpose of this meeting exactly is. Russia and China have increasingly worked together both economically and militarily, and combined – on supply-line security issues.

“The scheme of a visit has been agreed, in my opinion, we have a very good package of agreements that will be approved,” Lavrov told a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. As Russia-China ties grow, the US under Trump finds itself increasingly pushed out of Eurasian affairs.

The Chinese representative also took the opportunity to congratulate Lavrov, who was again named Russia’s Foreign Minister after the March presidential election in Russia, won by Vladimir Putin.

“It is a pleasure to continue working with you and to strengthen our cooperation for the development of our countries and the protection of our strategic interests,” the Chinese foreign minister said during the meeting.

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Lavrov is currently on a visit to the South African capital, Pretoria, where the BRICS foreign ministers meet.

The ties between Russia and China are especially crucial as strategic US B-1B bombers conducted training flights in the Baltic Sea region. Despite Trump’s calling for a desire to normalize relations with Russia, these sorts of provocative ‘drills’ and patrols continue. Will the upcoming package of agreements therefore include military provisions?

It appears this will not be known until after June 9th. 

On the evening of 1 to 2 June, two US Air Force B-1B strategic bombers were detected near Russian borders in the Baltic Sea. Another device also performed a training flight on Saturday in the same area.

On the same day, US military aircraft also made reconnaissance flights near the Russian Black Sea coast. A Poseidon P-8A with the tail number 168998, known as PS026, which departed from the Sigonella air base, located in Sicily (Italy), approached the Russian coasts near the cities of Sevastopol and Gelendzhik and remained in the area for one period.

In addition, a US Air Force RQ-4B unmanned aerial vehicle with tail number 10-2043, which also had taken off from Sigonella, made a long flight near the Donbass line of contact and then nearby the maritime border of the Crimea and the coast of the Russian region of Krasnodar.

Strengthening ties between Moscow and Beijing will see US aggression against Russia continue in an effort to intimidate the Eurasian Giant. This is unlikely to to deter Russia strengthening its ties with Eurasian states.

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