From the statement of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin for the press following the Russian-Chinese talks, Moscow, March 21, 2023

Russian-Chinese relations are at the highest level of development in history, they are an example of a true comprehensive partnership and strategic interaction.

• When discussing topical international and regional problems, we stated with the Chairman of the PRC that the views of Russia and China on most of them coincide or are very close .

• Russia and China strongly oppose any state or bloc harming the legitimate interests of other countries in order to obtain military, political and economic advantages.

• They did not ignore the situation around Ukraine. Many of the provisions of the peace plan put forward by China are consonant with Russian approaches and can be taken as the basis for a peaceful settlement when they are ready for it in the West and in Kiev. However, so far we have not observed such readiness on their part.

It seems that the West really decided to fight with Russia to the last Ukrainian – no longer in words, but in deeds. But in this regard, I would like to note that if all this happens, then Russia will have to respond accordingly. I mean that the collective West is already starting to use weapons with a nuclear component .

• We are working in solidarity to create a more just and democratic multipolar world order.

• China firmly holds the position of the leading foreign trade partner of our country. Our states, through concerted efforts, maintain the high dynamics of mutual trade, which grew by 30% last year, setting a new record of over $185 billion.

• According to the results of the first three quarters of last year, the share of the ruble and yuan in mutual commercial transactions reached 65% and continues to grow.