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Vladimir Putin arrived in Turkmenistan

The President of Russia Vladimir Putin arrived in Turkmenistan at the invitation of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

Vladimir Putin arrived in Turkmenistan.
Vladimir Putin arrived in Turkmenistan.
Official visit of Vladimir Putin to Turkmenistan will include talks, which will mainly focus on the key issues of developing bilateral cooperation between Russia and Turkmenistan in the political, trade, economic, scientific, education, culture, humanitarian and other fields, plus actual regional issues.


Following the Russian-Turkmenistani talks, a package of documents will be signed.

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Greeting of Vladimir Putin in Turkmenistan.
Vladimir Putin arrived in Ashgabat with the official visit.
Vladimir Putin arrived in Ashgabat with the official visit.

Vladimir Putin in Turkey. Russian-Turkish talks.

Vladimir Putin held talks with President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara.

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan greeting Russian President Vladimir Putin.
President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan greeting Russian President Vladimir Putin.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a one-on-one conversation, after which Russian-Turkish talks continued in an expanded format.

Taking part in the talks on Russia’s side were:
  • Presidential Aide Yury Ushakov
  • Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office and Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov
  • Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
  • Energy Minister Alexander Novak
  • Chief of the General Staff of Russia’s Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov
  • Deputy Agriculture Minister Yevgeny Gromyko
  • Special Presidential Representative for the Syrian Settlement Alexander Lavrentyev
  • Rosatom CEO Alexei Likhachev
  • Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller
  • Russia’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Turkey Alexei Yerkhov


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Press statements following Russian-Turkish talks.


President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan:

My dear friend, President of Russia Vladimir Putin, ladies and gentlemen,

I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of you here.

Vladimir Putin with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Vladimir Putin with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

First of all, it is a pleasure to again welcome my friend, Mr. Putin, to my country, Turkey. During our meetings we discussed bilateral relations and regional developments, and our respective agencies have held a meeting as well.

It is for the fifth time that my dear friend and I have met this year. We often telephone each other to discuss issues on our agenda. Of course, such Russian-Turkish meetings were not held so often before, but we have now reached the level required for holding them. In addition, our ministers maintain close contacts with their Russian colleagues.

Thanks to our concerted efforts, our relations have grown stronger and our cooperation continues to expand. God willing, we will provide a new impetus to them soon.

Vladimir Putin during his visit to Ankara with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Vladimir Putin during his visit to Ankara with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

We have come to an agreement on preparing the political, economic, cultural and social issues for discussion at the seventh meeting of the High-Level Russian-Turkish Cooperation Council. Both Turkey and Russia attach great significance to these meetings. Next year, Vladimir Putin will come to Turkey again in order to attend the next meeting of this council.

Our trade increased in the first seven months of this year, and the number of Russian tourists has soared compared to last year.

Talks between Russia and Turkey in Ankara.
Talks between Russia and Turkey in Ankara.
We have also agreed that there are ways to further enhance our economic indicators. As you know, we have set the goal of increasing our trade to $100 billion. We hope to achieve good results regarding the critically important issues of our bilateral economic relations during a meeting of the Mixed Intergovernmental Russian-Turkish Commission.

Energy is a major part of our relations. We continue to implement the Turkish Stream and the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant projects. We attach great importance to their early implementation. We discussed these projects during our meeting. We believe that our concerned agencies will accelerate their implementation.

President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan
President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Ladies and gentlemen,

Today, we also discussed the situation in Iraq and Syria. We attach great importance to Iraq’s territorial integrity, sovereignty and political unity.

Unfortunately, our region has become more fragile recently. It is unfortunate that the Kurdish Regional Administration in Iraq held a referendum, bringing about a regional crisis that nobody wanted.

This referendum is illegal under the Iraqi Constitution and international law. Nevertheless, and despite a friendly warning, the regional administration proceeded with the referendum. This was a big mistake. No one has the right to increase tension and create an explosive situation for personal short-term gain. I told President Putin that we must prevent steps that could result in even greater mistakes by the regional government.

Russian-Turkish talks in expanded format. Turkish delegation.
Russian-Turkish talks in expanded format. Turkish delegation.

During today’s meeting with my friend President Putin, we discussed the ongoing developments in Syria, as well as the outcomes of the last Astana meeting. In this respect, we talked about the efforts to make Idlib de-escalation zone operational. I am confident that the relevant bodies will work proactively on this matter.

We are satisfied with the Astana consultations to strengthen the ceasefire as a contribution to the ongoing political process in Geneva under the auspices of the UN.

We also agreed on the need to give even greater priority to confidence building measures as part of the Astana talks. We reaffirmed our firm commitment to engage in close cooperation to achieve a political settlement of the Syrian conflict.

I believe that today’s meetings with my friend Vladimir Putin were fruitful. We will continue to work together through telephone conversations and personal contacts.

Thank you very much.

I now pass the floor to Mr. Putin.


Russian President Vladimir Putin:

First of all, I would like to thank our friend, the President of Turkey, for his invitation.

Ladies and gentlemen, we have just completed another round of talks or, to be more exact, another meeting.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin
President of Russia Vladimir Putin. Press statements following Russian-Turkish talks.
This was by all means a working meeting, offering us an opportunity to have a detailed and frank exchange of views on matters on the bilateral agenda in various areas, as well as discuss further joint actions related to the settlement of the crisis in Syria.

If you don’t mind, I would like to begin with this topic.

We confirmed our readiness to abide by the final agreements reached in mid-September in Astana at the sixth International Meeting on Syria on the establishment of four de-escalation zones, including the largest one in Idlib province.

Let me remind you that the initiative to set up de-escalation zones in Syria was put forward during our meeting with Recep Erdogan in May 2017 in Sochi.

Russian-Turkish talks in expanded format. Russian delegation.
Russian-Turkish talks in expanded format. Russian delegation.
It has to be acknowledged that the implementation of this idea was quite challenging for the parties to the Syrian conflict, as well as for the guarantor countries in the Astana process: Russia, Turkey and Iran. However, despite all the challenges, we have achieved positive results.

I believe that these agreements are a major joint success for us, as well as for Mr. Erdogan, since he was among those who initiated this process.

Press statements following Russian-Turkish talks.
Press statements following Russian-Turkish talks.
In fact, the necessary conditions were put in place for ending the fratricidal war in Syria, the final elimination of terrorists and enabling Syrians to return to peaceful life and their homes. This is essential not only for the Syrian people, not only for the region, but for the whole world: we are putting in place conditions so that refugees can return home. This has critical importance in terms of achieving long-term political settlement in Geneva under the UN auspices.


Putin met with President of Guinea Alpha Conde

Vladimir Putin had talks with President of the Republic of Guinea and Chairperson of the African Union Alpha Conde.

Vladimir Putin and Alpha Conde in Moscow.
Vladimir Putin with President of Guinea Alpha Conde. Talks in Moscow.

During the meeting, Vladimir Putin awarded President of Guinea Alpha Conde a state decoration of the Russian Federation, the Order of Friendship, for his significant personal contribution to the development of the Russia-Guinea relations.

Vladimir Putin, Alpha Conde. Talks between Russia and Guinea in Moscow.
Talks between Russia and Guinea in Moscow.

Following the talks, the two presidents attended the signing of cooperation documents. Those included an inter-governmental agreement on cooperation in healthcare, medical training and science; several inter-agency documents on cooperation in epidemiology and prevention of infectious diseases in the Republic of Guinea, cooperation in action against drug trafficking, psychotropic substances and their precursors, cooperation in higher education, science, research and development, and innovation. Additionally, memorandums of understanding on cooperation in agriculture were signed concerning the agreements on the extension of the Dian-Dian concession agreement of July 21, 2001 and the agreement on recovery, expansion and development of Kindia bauxite fields of November 3, 2000.


The presidents of Russia and Guinea made statements for the press.

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Beginning of talks with President of the Republic of Guinea Alpha Conde.


Russian President Vladimir Putin:

Mr. President, friends.

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Moscow.

Vladimir Putin presented the Order of Friendship to President of the Republic of Guinea and Chairperson of the African Union Alpha Conde.
Vladimir Putin presented the Order of Friendship to President of the Republic of Guinea and Chairperson of the African Union Alpha Conde.

We have met recently at an international event in China. Last year, you attended the St Petersburg International Economic Forum.

It is gratifying that we have come a long way in the 60 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between our countries, which we will mark in October of next year.

Our trade is modest so far, but it is growing and has doubled recently. Russian investors are interested in the Guinean economy. One of them, Rusal, has invested over $300 million in Guinea.

Mr. President, we are pleased to welcome you as President of Guinea and also as Chairperson of the African Union.

Vladimir Putin held a meeting with President of the Republic of Guinea and Chairperson of the African Union Alpha Conde in Moscow.
Vladimir Putin held a meeting with President of the Republic of Guinea and Chairperson of the African Union Alpha Conde in Moscow.
Once again, welcome to Moscow.

President of the Republic of Guinea and Chairperson of the African Union Alpha Conde:

Thank you very much.

It is a great pleasure for me to visit Russia again.

President of the Republic of Guinea and Chairperson of the African Union Alpha Conde.
President of the Republic of Guinea and Chairperson of the African Union Alpha Conde.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, Mr. Putin, for the assistance provided in the fight against the Ebola pandemic. The Russian Federation was one of the first countries to get involved in the relief efforts during the crisis. Russia also opened a crisis center to conduct research into treatment of the Ebola fever in our country.

In order to expand our bilateral cooperation, we opened a joint research center for Kindia mineral deposits and I hope that the center's opportunities will only grow in the future.

I hope that our collaboration in healthcare will also expand. We rely on your assistance, as before, in developing and using the vaccine, and in training medical professionals in the use of these preparations in practice.

Ceremony of signing Russia-Guinea cooperation documents.
Ceremony of signing Russia-Guinea cooperation documents.
As we noted during our meeting in St. Petersburg, many Russian businesses are genuinely interested in investing in the Guinean economy. I truly count on your support in both retaining the companies already operating in our market and bringing more investors to our territory.

Since gaining independence from the French Republic, we have been tirelessly building up our tourist potential and believe that the opportunities are not yet exhausted.

Our cooperation is expanding in a wide range of areas. This includes construction of plants and various infrastructure projects. I hope that we will be seeing additional opportunities in the future.

As you rightly noted, Mr. Putin, we have yet much to achieve in our economic collaboration. I hope we will enter a new level and build up our cooperation to reach the heights available to us. Therefore, I suggest that we assign our partnership the status of strategic.

President of the Republic of Guinea Alpha Conde during the ceremony of signing Russia-Guinea cooperation documents.
President of the Republic of Guinea Alpha Conde during the ceremony of signing Russia-Guinea cooperation documents.

Guinea indeed has many assets and a wealth of diverse natural resources that can be explored. The cooperation potential is huge but we need to broaden and develop it. Unfortunately, there are not always sufficient financial means for these purposes.

So I hope that within the public-private partnership involving Russian investors, we can overcome this stumbling block and use our potential to the full.

We have already approved a development plan and a forward-looking development agenda until 2020. We are discussing opportunities for additional funding with the Paris Club. We hope Russia will participate in the talks of the consultative club on relations with the Paris Club. We also rely on the Russian Federation to participate in various concessions currently being developed in our country.

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Emmanuel Macron telephoned Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of France Emmanuel Macron at the initiative of the French party.

Vladimir Putin with telephone.
Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of France Emmanuel Macron.
Vladimir Putin asked Emmanuel Macron to convey his condolences to people on the France’s islands of Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy, which have been hit by hurricane Irma.

As per the agreements reached at the top level in Versailles on May 29 and in Hamburg on July 8, the two heads of state have adopted a decision to launch the Trianon Dialogue civil society forum. The new cooperation mechanism has been established to strengthen ties between the general public in Russia and France.


The presidents have appointed the forum’s co-presidents and executive directors. Russia will be represented, respectively, by MGIMO Rector Anatoly Torkunov and Ambassador Alexander Orlov, who is completing his term in France. The respective French representatives will be former Ambassador Pierre Morel and President of the French National Commission for Public Debate Christian Leyrit.

The two leaders also discussed issues on the international agenda, including the situation on the Korean Peninsula. They strongly condemned North Korea’s provocative activities, which have been conducted in gross violation of UN Security Council resolutions and global non-proliferation principles and are creating a serious threat to regional peace and security.

They pointed out that UN Security Council Resolution 2375, which was adopted unanimously on September 11, provided a commensurate response to Pyongyang’s irresponsible actions.

The presidents of Russia and France expressed a common opinion that any further escalation of tensions on the Korean Peninsula would be unacceptable. They pointed out that this is fraught with grave consequences and that this complicated problem should be settled exclusively by political and diplomatic means, including the resumption of direct talks.

When discussing the internal Ukrainian crisis, Mr. Putin and Mr. Macron pointed out the importance of full and unconditional compliance with the agreements reached by the conflicting parties, including the so-called school truce, which has been coordinated by the Contact Group and supported by the Normandy Format leaders. Vladimir Putin urged Emmanuel Macron to support the Russian initiative on establishing a UN mission to provide security for the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (OSCE SMM) in southeast Ukraine.

The leaders held an in-depth exchange of opinions on the situation in Syria. The President of Russia updated his French colleague on the Syrian armed forces’ achievements in the fight against terrorism, which have been made with support from Russia’s Aerospace Forces. It was pointed out that the international community must consolidate its efforts to finally eradicate the seat of terrorism in Syria. The presidents also discussed some aspects of the work that is underway in Astana to create and ensure the operation of de-escalation zones.

Both sides pointed out that further efforts must be taken to promote a political settlement of the Syrian crisis. They expressed readiness to build up Russian-French coordination, including within the framework of the UN-led process in Geneva. Emmanuel Macron also advocated the French proposal for a contact group on Syria composed of permanent members of the UN Security Council and other countries that can facilitate normalization in the Syrian Arab Republic.

The presidents have agreed to step up contacts on the international and bilateral agendas at the top and other levels.

Putin met with President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev

Vladimir Putin met at his Bocharov Ruchei residence with President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev, who is in Russia on a working visit.

The discussion of Vladimir Putin and Almazbek Atambayev covered various aspects of bilateral cooperation.
Vladimir Putin with President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev.
Vladimir Putin with President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev.

Russian President Vladimir Putin:

Mr. Atambayev, friends, it is a great pleasure to welcome you once more in Russia, in Sochi this time.

We meet on a regular basis, which is good, as we always have plenty to talk about. Our relations and cooperation continue to grow therefore there are always current matters that require timely discussion.


I was speaking with my colleagues just before this meeting about the way our contacts are developing and I am pleased to say that we are happy with the situation overall. Our bilateral trade is growing and we are making progress in practically all areas.

Vladimir Putin at a meeting with President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev.
Vladimir Putin at a meeting with President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev.
We also note, as you have mentioned as well, that following Kyrgyzstan’s accession to the Eurasian Economic Union, economic ties have intensified with the other EAEU members. These are positive trends and we are very pleased to see this.

Of course, there are some issues to which we should probably pay greater attention. I am very happy that you found the possibility to come here today to discuss these various matters. Welcome!

President of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev:

Thank you.

Of course, every opportunity to discuss our bilateral relations is important. I am pleased because different issues come up each time we meet, but I can say quite frankly that I am always met with understanding on your side.

President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev.
President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev.
I remember that last time we met in Moscow, we discussed what some might think are minor matters such as driver’s licenses for migrants and other issues. Solutions are found in each case and I would like, of course, to settle as many issues of this kind as I can before my term in office comes to an end.

I am pleased that we still have several meetings ahead before the year ends. I hope that we will do all possible not only to build on the level of relations our two countries have reached, but to raise this level even higher.

Vladimir Putin:

Thank you.

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Vladimir Putin met at his Bocharov Ruchei residence with President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev.
Vladimir Putin met at his Bocharov Ruchei residence with President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev.

Putin had a meeting with Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri

Vladimir Putin met at his Bocharov Ruchei residence with Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri to discuss prospects for developing bilateral relations and the situation in the region.

Vladimir Putin with Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri.
Vladimir Putin with Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin:

Mr. Prime Minister, colleagues, allow me to welcome you in Russia. It is a pleasure to see you again.
You had very substantive talks yesterday with the Russian Prime Minister. I am certain that the agreements reached will give a positive boost to our bilateral relations.

Unfortunately, bilateral trade remains relatively low in nominal terms, but it is showing impressive growth – 1.5-fold. This is a good trend that we would like to maintain.


We will discuss this, of course, and will discuss the situation in the region, in your country and the neighboring countries. It is very important for me to know the positions taken by the leaders of all countries in the region.

Vladimir Putin at a meeting with Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri.
Vladimir Putin at a meeting with Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri.
I am pleased to have this opportunity to discuss everything with you today.

Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri:

Thank you very much. It is a great pleasure to see you again, Mr. President. This is a great honor for me.

Of course, we will discuss our bilateral economic relations today, and the trials that Lebanon is currently undergoing due to the events in our region.

Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri.
Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri.
It is good that our countries have excellent political contacts, and we would like to bring our economic and military-technical cooperation up to this same level.

We hope to examine in detail all of these matters today and we expect a substantive discussion.

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Vladimir Putin had a meeting with Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri.
Vladimir Putin had a meeting with Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri.

Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel called Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Angela Merkel, at the initiative of the German side.

Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Angela Merkel.
Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Angela Merkel.
Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel exchanged views on the current situation on the Korean Peninsula in the context of the latest provocative actions by the DPRK and strongly condemned Pyongyang's disregard of UN Security Council resolutions. It was noted that such steps are contrary to the principles of global non-proliferation and pose a serious threat to regional peace and security.

It was confirmed that this acute crisis can only be resolved by political and diplomatic means, by resuming negotiations of all the parties involved. It was agreed to continue discussing the situation at the level of the foreign ministers of the two countries.


The implementation of the Minsk agreements on the settlement in southeast Ukraine was addressed. It was underscored that any violation of the ceasefire regime, undermining the so-called ”school truce“, agreed in the Contact Group and supported by the leaders of the Normandy format states, would be unacceptable.

Vladimir Putin spoke in detail on the Russian initiative to establish a UN mission to aid the protection of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (OSCE SMM). Taking into account the views communicated by Angela Merkel, the Russian leader expressed readiness to add to the functions of the above-mentioned UN mission proposed in the Russian draft resolution of the Security Council.

The protection of OSCE observers by the UN is envisioned not only on the contact line after the disengagement of the forces and equipment of both sides, but also in other places where the OSCE SMM conducts its inspection visits in accordance with the Minsk Package of Measures.

Putin met with President of Mongolia Khaltmaagiin Battulga

Vladimir Putin met with President of Mongolia Khaltmaagiin Battulga on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum to discuss strengthening bilateral relations and current regional and international issues.

Vladimir Putin met with President of Mongolia Khaltmaagiin Battulga on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum.
Vladimir Putin met with President of Mongolia Khaltmaagiin Battulga on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum.

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Mr. President, friends,

I am glad that we have met again, this time on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in the Russian Far East. We met in Budapest a few days ago during the World Judo Championships, a sport both of us love.

I am confident that our shared hobby, which plays a major role in our lives, will help us develop a good working and personal relationship.

I do not need to tell you about Russian-Mongolian relations and ties. Mongolia is a long-standing partner and friend of Russia. Today we will discuss practical issues, both current and future ones.
We know everything about the traditional areas of our cooperation and the large enterprises that were built in the past. But we must also take a long view and look for new opportunities.


After a minor decline, our trade has resumed sustainable growth of over 30 percent, more precisely 32 percent. Russia is one of Mongolia’s largest trade and economic partners.

Vladimir Putin at a meeting with President of Mongolia Khaltmaagiin Battulga.
Vladimir Putin at a meeting with President of Mongolia Khaltmaagiin Battulga.
I am glad to have this opportunity to meet with you today, just as we planned, in order to hold detailed discussions of our bilateral relations.

President of Mongolia Khaltmaagiin Battulga

Mr. Putin, I am glad to see you again and to be attending the Eastern Economic Forum. The flight from Mongolia to Vladivostok lasts only 2 hours and 55 minutes.

I congratulate you on organizing the Eastern Economic Forum, which is playing a major part in outlining the directions of global economic development.

President of Mongolia Khaltmaagiin Battulga in Vladivostok.
President of Mongolia Khaltmaagiin Battulga in Vladivostok.
I consider it my priority to promote the advancement of the Mongolian-Russian relations, including economic cooperation, to a new level. I will continue working to further expand the traditionally friendly and neighborly relations between our countries and to deepen our substantial economic cooperation.

The development of cross-border and regional cooperation is vitally important for increasing our bilateral trade, because border regions account for 70 percent of our trade. But our top priority is to sign a free trade agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union.

We are grateful for your support in this matter. Our countries are interested in promoting cooperation in education, culture, literature and tourism.

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Russia - Mongolia talks in Vladivostok.
Russia - Mongolia talks in Vladivostok.
Russian President at the meeting with Khaltmaagiin Battulga in Vladivostok.
Russian President at the meeting with Khaltmaagiin Battulga in Vladivostok.

Putin met with representatives of foreign business community

Vladimir Putin met with foreign business community representatives on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum.

Russian President Vladimir Putin at the meeting with representatives of foreign business community.
Russian President Vladimir Putin at the meeting with representatives of foreign business community.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin

Friends, colleagues, I am happy to greet you here.

First of all, I want to thank you all for meeting here in Vladivostok, Russia, for showing interest in working in the Russian market in general and in the Russian Far East in particular.

Today here, there are representatives of many countries from the Asian region and our colleagues from European countries. Some of you have already started working in Russia and the Russian Far East, while others are in the final stages of the decision-making process.


I know that you have projects in a wide variety of fields, including transport infrastructure, mining, the processing industry, healthcare and a number of other industries that are interesting in terms of business for participation in these projects in the Far East of the Russian Federation.

Such meetings are always of great value for me and for my colleagues from the Executive Office and the Russian Government. They make it possible not only to build trust, which is extremely important, bearing in mind that business to a great deal relies on trust between all participants in this process. But it is also important to hear your opinions, your assessments of business conditions in Russia, in the Russian Far East. I mean if there are any problems that require special attention from the authorities of regions or cities or the Russian Government in general, what needs to be done to improve the business climate in the country, what administrative procedures are still hindering and are to be streamlined.
Vladimir Putin met with representatives of foreign business community.
Vladimir Putin met with representatives of foreign business community.
So, feedback from those who work and want to work in Russia is important to us.

I once again cordially welcome you all, and at the beginning of our meeting I would like to toast your health and success.

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Putin met with Vice Premier of the Chinese State Council Wang Yang

Vladimir Putin had a meeting with Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China State Council Wang Yang in Vladivostok.

Vladimir Putin had a meeting with Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China State Council Wang Yang.
Vladimir Putin had a meeting with Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China State Council Wang Yang.

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Comrade Wang Yang, friends and colleagues,

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Vladivostok. You know that I have held extensive talks with the President of China, Comrade Xi Jinping, who is a big friend of Russia. I would like to again congratulate our Chinese friends on the success of this BRICS summit.

I would like to say that you personally are doing a great deal to promote Russian-Chinese ties. In this context, I will sign an executive order to award you the Order of Friendship. You will receive the order during your meeting with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.


I know that you have a packed agenda. You have been to one city today, and tomorrow you will travel to another city, Khabarovsk. You have come here from a trip to Volgograd, and in Khabarovsk you will chair a meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission on the development of relations between the Russian Far East and Northeast China.

I would like to say that nearly 200 Chinese companies were presented at the Eastern Economic Forum last year. Contracts worth nearly 2 trillion rubles, or more precisely 1.9 trillion rubles, were signed then. Total Chinese investments made in the Russian Far East in the past two years exceed $3 billion. This is evidence of our efforts to implement the agreements we reached with the President of China.

Meeting with Vice Premier of the Chinese State Council Wang Yang.
Meeting with Vice Premier of the Chinese State Council Wang Yang.
I am confident that we will be able to do a great deal at this year’s forum as well. We know that many of our Chinese friends, business people, have come to the forum. We hope that the volume of contracts we sign this year will be even larger than last year.

Your work has produced a solid practical result.

Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China State Council Wang Yang


Mr. President,

First of all, I would like to thank you for your high opinion of the BRICS summit in Xiamen.
I also want to thank you for awarding me the Order of Friendship. It is a great honor for me, and I am ready to make even greater, maximum efforts to promote Chinese-Russian relations.

Vice Premier of the Chinese State Council Wang Yang.
Vice Premier of the Chinese State Council Wang Yang.
I also want to say that this is the second time you are receiving the Chinese delegation and me personally in the beautiful city of Vladivostok. I think that this is not just a protocol issue; it speaks to your great attention, the strengthening of the traditional friendship between our countries, as well as the efforts to intensify bilateral contacts.

Vladimir Putin

I remember that you attended the first forum in 2015. We met there.

Wang Yang

Yes. This is my third visit to Vladivostok.

Over the past three years, the implementation of the Far East development strategy has changed Vladivostok. I think that the changes in Vladivostok are a microcosm of all the changes in Russia. I want to note that in recent years, under your leadership, Russia has dealt with the sluggish growth of the world economy, and, despite the sanctions of the West, has maintained stability and solidarity in society. The Russian economy began to gradually, steadily recover. Key economic indicators improved. As a good neighbor, a reliable partner and a good friend, the Chinese side is sincerely glad for your success.

Vice Premier of the Chinese State Council Wang Yang at the meeting with Vladimir Putin.
Vice Premier of the Chinese State Council Wang Yang at the meeting with Vladimir Putin.
The Ambassador told me that during the BRICS summit, Chinese President Xi Jinping offered a new assessment of bilateral relations. He said that Chinese-Russian relations are not just relations, but comprehensive strategic partnership and cooperation, as well as friendship. For me, too, this is very positive, good news.

I think that as your friend, I can resolve other issues for you, leaving more time for you to relax.

You know well the program of my stay in Russia. Indeed, I held a meeting with Mr. Rogozin yesterday, and tomorrow I am ready to take part in the work of the China-Russia business dialog together with Mr. Trutnev. The day after tomorrow, all of us will go to Khabarovsk to hold the first meeting of the intergovernmental commission. Such a high intensity and frequency of contacts is indicative of more active interaction between our countries. The main objective of my visit to Russia is to implement the agreements reached at the level of the heads of state.

I would like to tell you that Mr. Rogozin, Mr. Trutnev and I have established not only close working contacts; we are old, good friends.

Vice Premier of the Chinese State Council Wang Yang at the meeting with Vladimir Putin.
Vladimir Putin at the meeting with Vice Premier of the Chinese State Council Wang Yang.
Now let me say a few more words about the progress we made after our meeting in 2015. At that time, an initiative to strengthen cooperation in maritime affairs was put forward. I would like to let you know that last year, the Chinese Maritime Safety Administration and the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences undertook two joint expeditions to the Bering Sea, that is, in the Arctic area.

On September 20 of this year, the aforementioned organizations will hold a joint seminar on maritime research in Vladivostok. During the upcoming seminar, the First Institute of the Chinese Maritime Safety Administration will sign an agreement with the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences on establishing the Centre for the Study of Maritime and Climatic Conditions. These are the results of work in the area of maritime research.

I can assure you that it was not for nothing that you awarded me the Order of Friendship. (Laughter.) I did my bit to promote cooperation.

Thank you very much for the time accorded to me.

Vladimir Putin:

President Xi Jinping’s assessments of the level and nature of our relations are absolutely objective and correspond to realities. But it is you and your Russian and Chinese colleagues who are creating the real substance behind all this in the course of your work. I would like to thank you for this again and wish you success.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Vladimir Putin with Vice Premier of the Chinese State Council Wang Yang.
Vladimir Putin with Vice Premier of the Chinese State Council Wang Yang.

Putin visited the Far East Street exhibition in Vladivostok

Vladimir Putin and President of South Korea Moon Jae-in toured the Far East Street exhibition, which opened on the embankment near Far Eastern Federal University.

Vladimir Putin with President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in during a visit to the Far East Street exhibition.
Vladimir Putin with President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in during a visit to the Far East Street exhibition.
Vladimir Putin and President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in visited, among other things, pavilions of the Primorye Territory and the Sakhalin Region, the pavilion of Progress Arsenyev Aviation Company, which is part of the Helicopters of Russia Holding, as well as a pavilion dedicated to the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games.

During the visit, Vladimir Putin and Moon Jae-in also saw a demonstration performance by a youth Judo team from the Sakhalin Region and talked with the athletes.

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Vladimir Putin and Moon Jae-in at the Far East Street exhibition.
Vladimir Putin and Moon Jae-in at the Far East Street exhibition.
Vladimir Putin and President of South Korea Moon Jae-in at the exhibition.
Vladimir Putin and President of South Korea Moon Jae-in at the exhibition.
Vladimir Putin and President of South Korea Moon Jae-in.
Vladimir Putin and President of South Korea Moon Jae-in.
Vladimir Putin and President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in watch a demonstration performance by a youth judo team from the Sakhalin Region.
Vladimir Putin and President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in watch a demonstration performance by a youth judo team from the Sakhalin Region.
Vladimir Putin and President of South Korea Moon Jae-in.
Vladimir Putin and President of South Korea Moon Jae-in.
Vladimir Putin with Primorye Territory Governor Vladimir Miklushevsky during a visit to the Far East Street exhibition.
Vladimir Putin with Primorye Territory Governor Vladimir Miklushevsky during a visit to the Far East Street exhibition.