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Putin sends a clear message to Macron and the EU (Video)

The Duran‚Äôs Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss Russian President Vladimir Putin’s meeting in Moscow with the Premier of the State Council of the People‚Äôs Republic of China Li Keqiang.

Putin expressed hope that he would meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the BRICS and APEC summits in November, further deepening the alliance between Russia and China. The Russian President then proceeded to sent a clear message directed at the EU and Emmanuel Macron, clarifying that Russia has fully aligned with China and nothing the EU could offer would have the ability to sway Russia back towards a western orbit.

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President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr Premier of the State Council, friends, I am delighted to welcome you in the Kremlin.

I am aware that you have an extensive programme. Yesterday, you were in St Petersburg and met with the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation. I am confident that your visit will give a strong boost to promoting our state-to-state economic ties.

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our Chinese friends on the upcoming holiday, the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, which the Chinese people will celebrate on October 1. On October 2, we will together mark the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our states.

In this regard, I would like to note that our country, then the Soviet Union, was the first country to officially recognise new China. This is a big event in bilateral relations.

I would like to note that a very long distance has been covered in the history of bilateral cooperation over the past decades. Today, we really are strategic partners in the full sense of the word, and are implementing a comprehensive partnership that remains Russia’s unconditional foreign policy priority.

We are aware of how much you, Mr Prime Minister, and President Xi have done to promote Russian-Chinese relations in recent years. We highly appreciate this.

I am confident that you can see our efforts, efforts on the part of Russia aimed at expanding Russian-Chinese ties across all areas. There is probably no need to go over this right now.

The only thing I would like to say is that our interaction is, of course, the most important factor in international affairs and has become an important part of expanding our economies and achieving our states’ goals to improve our peoples’ living standards.

Thank you once again for¬†this visit. I¬†would like to¬†thank you again for¬†the¬†contribution that the¬†Government of¬†the¬†People’s Republic of¬†China is making to¬†promote cooperation between our countries.

Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China Li Keqiang (retranslated): Thank you, Mr President, for your congratulations on the upcoming 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China.

This year we are also celebrating the 70th anniversary of our diplomatic relations, We must congratulate each other on this anniversary. Using this opportunity, I would like to mention that President Xi Jinping sends you his best.

Recently, you met and reached new agreements on promoting bilateral relations. During my current visit, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and I held the 24th regular meeting of the heads of government.

Indeed, we have come a¬†long way¬†‚Äď we have been holding regular meetings without fail for¬†20 years, and¬†the¬†agenda is continuously being filled with new content.

At the press meeting, we found it very difficult to briefly describe all of our areas of cooperation. Our cooperation promotes the development of not only our two countries but also the region and the world, especially considering the growing instability and uncertainty in the world, in the region and in the global economy.

China and Russia are the largest neighbouring countries. It is very important for us to continue strengthening our friendship, cooperation and mutual ties so we can pool our efforts in the future to ensure world order under the aegis of the UN, and maintain the system of free trade based on WTO rules, which is very important for developing global stability and security.

Vladimir Putin: Chairman Xi’s state visit to Russia was by all means the main event in this year’s bilateral relations.

I hope the President and I will have the chance to meet during two major events, BRICS and APEC, which will be held in Latin America in November.

Please convey my best regards and greetings to him.

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September 23, 2019

Excellent discussion. It could not be clearer now, that the West has missed the boat in its relations with Russia. The “pivot” has made it very clear with this announcement, that the close relations with China are cast in stone. We can thank the betrayals by Clinton, Obama, Trump (saying one thing – doing another), US sanctions, the US Democratic party, Canada, UK, and the rest of Europe, for cementing the Russia-China alliance. Our future in the West is now clear, but not rosy.

From America's Bosom
From America's Bosom
Reply to  RussG553
September 24, 2019

Once the West resigns itself to the new Eur-Asian realities and acts accordingly, I’m sure Russia will be more than cooperative in meeting it halfway but that’s a big IF and no need for Russia to play the role of suitor. Let the EU stew for a while and come to final terms with Ukrainian, Baltic and Polish machinations. The EU’s half-way there on the fed-up scale as it is. The rest will follow soon enough. In any case, China is a rapidly rising technological juggernaut and Russia no slouch either. To think one can somehow click one’s heels and… Read more »

AM Hants
AM Hants
Reply to  RussG553
September 25, 2019

It was there choice. Remember back in 2014, when Ukraine kicked off? The EU were seriously excited and assumed they could manupulate Ukraine, to get access to Russia. Well, that seriously backfired and how much did the EU lose with regards the sanctions, that they were so eager to implement?

Bruce Smith
Bruce Smith
September 23, 2019

HAHA! “The Rat Pack”. At 74yo I remember them well: funny, rich, talented. But they had a product, which none of the clowns you mention have. Kind of an insult to the Originals, but you’re forgiven! For such a GREAT report on “macaron” which we call him in France: “He’s overpriced, full of sugar & air, no nutritional value, comes in bright colours, but just empty calories”.

September 24, 2019

You should move you webcam up to eye level, Mercouris, so we’re not looking up your nose.

Olivia Kroth
September 24, 2019

The Chinese-Russian alliance is doing a lot of good to both countries. No need to give it up.

AM Hants
AM Hants
September 25, 2019

Nice one, I enjoyed reading the article, plus, listening to the interview.

Maccron telling Russia they must align to Europe – seriously made me laugh.

Can you imagine dining with Maccron and President Putin, who would bore you and who would keep you entertained and focused, for the evening?

Must admit, I do like the ‘One Belt and Road’ project, with Russia a senior partner.

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