Putin says Russian-Chinese ties pole for world stability

2008-02-14 02:52:37 xinhuanet

MOSCOW, Feb. 14 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russian-Chinese cooperation is an important pole in maintaining world stability.

"China is one of our strategic partners and links between China and Russia are important for the world stability," Putin said at his annual and maybe last press conference before he steps down after the March 2 presidential election.

Putin also hailed the strategic partnership of coordination and mutual trust between the two countries, saying increasing trade and economic cooperation boosted bilateral ties.

"The cooperation between China and Russia will reach new horizon in the future and will expand in fields such as trade and economy, science and technology, aviation and space research, and environmental protection," he said.

The marathon conference is attended by nearly 1,400 domestic and foreign journalists and expected to last for three hours.

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MOSCOW, Feb. 14 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said here on Thursday that his country will continue strategic bomber patrol despite recent rows with the United States and the West.

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MOSCOW, Feb. 14 (Xinhua) -- President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia will properly arrange relations between the president and government, indicating his new role as prime minister after the March presidential vote.

The president will set outlines and directions for national development while the government will be responsible for substantial work such as drafting budgets and carrying out social projects, Putin said. Full story

MOSCOW, Feb. 14 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that the year 2007 was a "very successful" economic year for Russia.

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"Europe has double standards on territory issues and small states do not feel safe in the world arena," he said at his annual and maybe the last press conference before he steps down after the March 2 presidential election.