Putin Says Russia Working ‘Intensively’ With China at Xi Meeting

Russian president makes remarks at meeting with his Chinese counterpart in Fortaleza, Brazil, as part of BRICS summit. * Xi applauds Russia’s decision to host 2018 World Cup * Decision is more “evidence of Russia’s strengthening power and increasing authority in the world” * Putin said he enjoyed his visit to China in May, “especially with such results” * Putin said he’d like to visit China again in November * Putin says “our cooperation is growing. We are working very intensively” *NOTE: Russia’s state-run natural gas exporter OAO Gazprom in May signed a $400 bln deal to supply fuel to China for 30 years.

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