Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit China to attend the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and the allied victory over Japan on Wednesday.
Chinese President Xi Jinping invited Putin, who would attend a number of bilateral meetings during his two-day visit. Putin’s foreign policy adviser Yuri Ushakov said that he would meet leaders of other countries and Chinese partners.
Ushakov also said that the Russian president would meet Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to discuss trade and economic cooperation. Putin will also meet Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to discuss similar issues.
"Special attention will be paid to possible joint steps on stabilizing prices in the global oil market, particularly in the context of cooperation between Russia and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)," TASS quoted Ushakov as saying.
Putin will meet his counterparts from Laos and Czech Republic as well. The meetings with Choummaly Sayasone and Milos Zeman are scheduled to take place Thursday.
Putin is expected to discuss regional and international issues with Keqiang. They will discuss possibilities of strengthening cooperation within the United Nations, Ushakov said, adding that Putin would also discuss plans to link Beijing's Silk Road East-West trading route and the Eurasian Economic Union.
The growing equation between Russia and China may be concerning for the United States, which has recently suffered cyberattacks allegedly backed by both the countries. A U.S. official said that Russian and Chinese intelligence services were planning to target U.S. government workers for counter-intelligence.
"Individually, the OPM breach and the Ashley Madison breach both present significant dangers to U.S. personnel, including intelligence personnel, but taken together, they really ratchet up the level of harm," CNN quoted lawyer Marc Zwillinger as saying.