Putin says ready to strengthen Russia-China cooperation

Cheryl Sanders
October 25, 2020

Putin's statement was a sign that relations between Moscow and Beijing were intensifying amid rising conflicts in relations with the United States.

China and Russian Federation have continues their strategic association, but rejected any discussion related about the potential of their creating a military union until now.

He further pointed that Russian Federation has also shared important military techs which have helped boost the military potential of China majorly, dud did not mention any specific details, saying that the data was sensitive.

'Without any doubt, our cooperation with China is bolstering the defense capability of China's army, ' he said, adding that the future could see even closer military ties between the two countries.

The Russian President said, "Time will show how it will develop". States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention deem the use of chemical weapons by anyone under any circumstances as reprehensible and wholly contrary to the legal norms established by the worldwide community.'We urge you to hold those accountable for this heinous act through sanctions authority already available to the Administration, including under the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, and the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination (CBW) Act. Russian Federation "pivoted" toward China after its annexation of Crimea in 2014 triggered Western sanctions and sunk relations to post-Cold War lows.

Putin on Thursday emphasised the importance of extending the New START treaty that expires in February, Russia's last arms control pact with the United States.

Ahead of the November 3 United States presidential election, Putin said he hoped the new administration would be ready for a dialogue on security and control of nuclear weapons.

Russian Federation had offered to extend the pact without any conditions, while the Trump administration initially insisted that it could only be renewed if China agreed to join. The agreement limits each country to the deployment of 1,550 nuclear warheads and 700 missiles and bombers, and a full-scale on-site inspection is planned to ensure compliance.

U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) today joined Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) in pressing the Administration to use existing authorities to implement new sanctions on Russian Federation for the poisoning of leading opposition figure Alexei Navalny. China refused to consider this idea.

Washington last week rejected a Russian proposal for an unconditional one-year extension of the last treaty limiting USA and Russian strategic nuclear weapons deployments, calling the suggestion "a non-starter".

The United States demands that we involve China in the negotiation process, the president noted.

"The question is whether we have to keep the old treaty intact, start a detailed discussion, reach a compromise within a year, or lose it all and leave ourselves, Russia, the United States, and the rest of the world". 'I believe the second option is much worse'.

At the same time, he added that Russian Federation "did not adhere to the treaty" and would guarantee security without it. He pointed to Russia's perceived advantage over hypersonic weapons and indicated that he was ready to include it in future agreements.

'If our partners decide that they don´t need it, well, so be it, we can´t stop them, ' he said. 'Russia´s security will not be hurt, particularly because we have the most advanced weapons systems'.

Despite the signs that Russian Federation and the United States are getting closer to negotiations on New START earlier this week, Russia's top negotiator has strongly warned Washington not to make new demands, saying "dramatic" differences still remain.

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