Putin’s Trade Pivot to China Isn’t All Smooth as Silk for Russia

  • Russian president to discuss Silk Road project with China’s Xi
  • Russia-China trade fell 26% to $68 billion last year

Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Photographer: Pavel Golovkin/AFP via Getty Images

Russian President Vladimir Putin will discuss China’s plans for reviving the ancient Silk Road trade route to Europe during talks with President Xi Jinping in Beijing this weekend. Russia’s finding its own road to better trade ties with its neighbor isn’t running entirely smoothly.

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