The two countries should promote widely the idea of being friends forever.”
Other ambitious deals have been expected, but most of them have floundered amid Russia’s economic uncertainty.
The sharp devaluation of the Russian currency under the double impact of low global oil prices and Western sanctions has been a key factor behind bilateral trade dropping from nearly $100 billion a year in 2014 to just over $60 billion last year. Energy resources account for two-thirds of Russian exports to China.
Moscow has also been unsettled by Beijing’s ambitious Silk Road Economic Belt project, intended