Russian PM Mishustin meets Chinese Premier Li, stresses close ties

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang. He stressed that relations between the two countries are at an unprecedentedly high level.

The Russian government said that Mishustin held talks with Li in Beijing on Wednesday. Mishustin began his official visit to China the previous day.

He said the relations reflect the two countries' desire to jointly respond to new challenges brought by what he called illegal sanctions by Western countries. He said that "as our Chinese friends say, unity makes it possible to move mountains."

A Russian state-run news agency reported that Li said China is willing to work together with Russia to "implement the consensus" of the two countries' leaders and further "promote pragmatic cooperation."

Observers say Russia and China are stressing their closer ties in an apparent bid to keep the Group of Seven countries in check. At their recent summit in the western Japanese city of Hiroshima, the G7 nations showed unity in taking a tough stance against Moscow and Beijing.