China and Russia to sign 40 accords during state visit

Chinese premier visit to Moscow includes $400-bn gas deal

(ANSA) - Moscow, October 13 - China and Russia are signing 40 "important" agreements to reinforce trade and economic relations between the two countries, Russian Premier Dmitri Medvedev said Monday.
    The ink will dry during a current visit to Moscow by Chinese Premier Li Kegiang - his first - and includes a 400-billion-dollar, intergovernmental deal for providing Russian gas to China. The gas agreement will increase cooperation between Gazprom, Rosneft and the Chinese energy group CNPC.
    Medvedev called the bilateral plans a "highly ambitious agenda" before an encounter with Li Kegiang, who is also expected to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trade between the two countries has more than doubled in six years, from 40 to 90 billion dollars.


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