Russian President Vladimir Putin held bilateral talks with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and China’s Vice Premier Hu Chunhua on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on Thursday.

Malaysia’s Mohamad told the Russian leader that his country is interested in “good relations with the eastern part of Russia because there are areas where we can gain from trade and also relations with Russia in the east,” while Putin praised the positive development in relations between Bangkok and Moscow.

Chinese vice premier stated that Beijing “pays great attention to the development of relations with Russia and with the Eastern Economic Forum.”

Putin noted the 70 years of diplomatic ties with China, stating the countries “actively work for the strengthening of the international security systems, we cooperate in the military sphere and actively cooperate on the international playing field.”

The Eastern Economic Forum takes place in Vladivostok from September 4-6.

According to the organisers, this year’s event gathers around 8,000 participants and includes more than 70 business events, including panel sessions, business breakfasts, round tables and business dialogues.

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