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Strengthening ties with China in the current international situation is Russia's unconditional priority - Shoigu

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu stressed that cooperation between the two countries is not only a significant factor in the security of states, but also a contribution to peace and stability throughout the Eurasian continent and beyond, RIA Novosti reports.

Strengthening ties with China in the current international situation is Russia's absolute priority, said Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Tuesday in talks with his Chinese counterpart, Colonel-General Chan Wanquan.

"In the context of an unstable international situation, the strengthening of reliable good-neighborly relations between our countries is of particular importance. This is not only a significant factor in the security of states, but also a contribution to ensuring peace and stability on the entire Eurasian continent and beyond," the Russian Defense Minister stressed.

He praised the "intensive dynamics" of Russian-Chinese contacts. "Regular confidential meetings of the leaders of Russia and China give powerful impetus to the development of bilateral partnership," said the head of the Russian military department.

He highlighted the fact that 2015 was marked by the most important event - the 70th anniversary of the Victory in World War II. “The peoples of our countries have suffered heavy losses in it,” the head of the Russian military department recalled.

"The solidarity of Russia and China is of fundamental importance against the background of attempts to falsify history and glorify fascism," he stressed.

According to Shoigu, a number of events are planned to be held both bilaterally and in the format of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization as part of celebrating this significant date.

"Military friendship and mutual assistance during the Second World War became a solid foundation of modern Russian-Chinese relations in the military sphere," the Russian Defense Minister said.

In this regard, he noted that the holding of joint naval and antiterrorist exercises by Russia and China had become regular.

Thus, the head of the Russian military department thanked his Chinese counterpart for the "excellent organization" of the Peace Mission 2014 anti-terrorist exercises of the SCO countries' Armed Forces, which were held in August in China. The Russian Defense Minister spoke in favor of further building up this practical partnership.

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