July 8, 2020 / 12:53 PM / a month ago

Russia's Putin, China's Xi agree to boost economic cooperation

FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a a video conference call with members of the working group on amendments to the Russian constitution at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence, outside Moscow, Russia July 3, 2020. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to boost economic cooperation, including in energy and civilian aircraft manufacturing, the Kremlin said on Wednesday after they talked by phone.

In a statement, the Kremlin also said that both Putin and Xi praised Russia’s and China’s mutual help in tackling the coronavirus pandemic during its peak.

Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin and Polina Ivanova; Editing by Alison Williams

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