Russia's defense minister to visit China

2012-11-20 08:16:56 GMT2012-11-20 16:16:56(Beijing Time)  SINA English
Sergei Shoigu (Photo/Agencies)Sergei Shoigu (Photo/Agencies)

By Yuan Yue, Sina English

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu is to make an official trip to China on November 20-21 to take part in the 17th meeting of the joint Russia-China committee on military and technical cooperation, according to Shoigu's spokeswoman Irina Kovalchuk.

Ms. Kovalchuk says Shogu's trip to China will reinstate the continuity of the Russian military's course and scale up military cooperation between the two neighboring states. He is also scheduled to meet Liang Guanglie, the Chinese Defense Minister.

Besides, Sergei Shoigu is also expected to meet other senior leaders of China's army and government.

Putin sacks Serdyukov, appoints Shoigu new Defense Minister

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has dismissed Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov and appointed Sergei Shoigu in his place.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday fired defence minister Anatoly Serdyukov, replacing him with Moscow region governor Sergei Shoigu, his spokesman said.

Serdykov was relieved of his duties so that a thorough investigation can proceed into a suspected $100 million property scam at a defence ministry holding company, Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Former Moscow Region Governor Shoigu was informed about the appointment during his meeting with Putin early Tuesday.

The reshuffle will allow for a more objective inquest into affairs of the Defense Ministry, Putin said at a meeting with Shoigu, who is a General with the Russian Army. Unlike his successor, Anatoly Serdyukov was a civilian minister.

Shoigu was appointed on recommendation of PM Dmitry Medvedev, Putin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said adding it was the president’s decision to relieve Sergyukov of his duties.

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