He also praised what he called Russia’s “all-embracing and strategic partnership” with its neighbor.
According to reports, Putin told Chinese Premier Li Keqiang that ties of the two countries were based on economic interests and hoped that China would invest in its oil, gas and military exports.
Putin then reportedly met Chinese Prime Minister Xi Jinping and told him that people of both countries want to “strengthen, develop our relations.”
Putin told Xi, “I’m sure our countries can reach a bigger success in all areas in trade, investment, agriculture, energy, and of course in high tech, which is a priority for us.”
Xi reportedly told Putin that both countries should “promote widely the idea of being friends forever.”
According to reports, Russia strove to strengthen ties with China after the United states and the EU imposed sanctions on it over the annexation of Crimea in March 2014.
Meanwhile, Putin has reportedly said that he did not interfere with U.K.’s referendum which voted for exit of Britain on June 23. He said that the result may have been the result of the “arrogance and a superficial approach to vital questions.”
He added that British Prime Minister David Cameron’s allegations that Russia supported Brexit has “had no basis in fact” and was an “inappropriate attempt to influence public opinion in his own country.”