‘Possible to imagine’: Putin says Russia-China military alliance can’t be ruled out

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Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin says there is no need for a Russia-China military alliance now but the idea of a future one can't be ruled out.

Putin was asked during a video conference with international foreign policy experts Thursday if a military union between Moscow and Beijing was possible. He replied that “theoretically, it’s quite possible to imagine it.”

Xi Jinping with Vladimir Putin in Russia last year.Credit:AP

Russia and China have hailed their “strategic partnership,” but so far rejected any talk about the possibility of their forming a military alliance.

Putin noted that Russia has been sharing highly sensitive military technologies China that helped significantly bolster China's defence capability, but didn’t mention any specifics, saying the information is sensitive.

“Without any doubt, our cooperation with China is bolstering the defence capability of China’s army,” he said, adding that the future could see even closer military ties between the two countries.

“The time will show how it will develop, but we won’t exclude it,” the Russian president said.

AP

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