Russia Not Building Military Base in Venezuela: Putin

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said Moscow and London should mend fences after the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Britain.

In St Petersburg, Putin was quoted by Anadolu News Agency as telling the worldwide news agency's head, "Russian military experts in Venezuela are in line with the contract which was signed earlier".

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin attend a gathering marking the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the China-Russia diplomatic relations at the Bolshoi Theater of Russia in Moscow June 5, 2019.

"In the joint agreement that we signed on strengthening global strategic stability in the modern era we empathized the principled stance of Russian Federation and China on the unacceptability of jeopardizing the existing system of agreements on arms control, disarmament and nonproliferation", Putin said.

"We aren't creating any bases or sending troops there", Putin said.

The Russian leader conceded that his country and the United Kingdom had gone through "difficult times in bilateral relations", but added that they "co-operate quite well in many areas".

Putin said better ties between London and Moscow would benefit the interests of 600 British companies he said were working in Russian Federation. "But we will be keeping our obligations in the sphere of military and technical cooperation".

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Putin said "the crisis in Venezuela should be settled by the Venezuelan people", adding that "through dialogue, consultations and cooperation between various political forces, the Venezuelan people themselves must decide whether Mr".

Xi's visit is of great significance in the complicated and volatile worldwide situation, and it will inject strong impetus into the development of Russia-China ties in the new era, Putin said.

Putin said all nuclear powers - both officially recognized as possessing nuclear weapons and not - should take part in future talks.

"We have already said a hundred times that we are ready for talks, but no one is negotiating with us", he added.

While criticizing the US moves, Putin said that his latest phone call with Trump "encouraged certain optimism". "In 2021, it will all be over - there won't be any instruments keeping in check the arms race and this means the threat of nuclear weapons will be permanently hanging over us".

Hailing the handsome scenery and attractive art and culture, Xi said St. Petersburg has nurtured many outstanding figures and is the pride of Russia and the Russian people.

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