Xi and Putin hold talks, criticize AUKUS

16:27, 15 December 2021
Xi and Putin hold talks, criticize AUKUS Photo: kremlin.ru

The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and the Chinese leader Xi Jinping held talks and agreed that the AUKUS pact has many issues as it “undermines the foundations of the nuclear nonproliferation regime.”

The Russian President said that he is concerned with the current policy of the United States in the Asia-Pacific region.

The AUKUS which was signed between Austria, the UK, and the US has targeted nuclear balance as it provides Australia with atomic machines, according to the leaders.

"And in this regard, both from our side and from the Chinese side, a negative assessment was expressed about the creation of new alliances such as the Indo-Pacific Quad and the American-Anglo-Australian union AUKUS", the aide of the Russian President Yuri Ushakov said in a statement.

He added that the talks were much more positive than the ones with Biden as the conversations had a vibe of two friends talking as recently China and Russia were getting closer in diplomatic aspects.

They also discussed trade and security matters between the two countries.

Putin and Xi agreed to increase the levels of their native currencies in the bilateral trade of the two countries and to increase the export of Russian grain to China.