China's Prime Minister Li Keqiang disembarks from a plane upon his arrival at Moscow's Vnukovo airport, October 12, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev
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Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang was set Monday to meet President Vladimir Putin during a visit to Moscow as Russia struggles with its most serious standoff with the West since the Cold War.Li jetted into the Russian capital Sunday for a three-day visit aimed at bolstering economic ties between the two neighbours in a trip hailed by Beijing as a "major event". Li's Russia trip is part of a week-long visit to Europe.China has spoken out against Western sanctions against Russia and has called on all sides to reach a political settlement over Ukraine.After a decade of tough negotiations China and Russia inked a 30-year, $400-billion agreement in May that will eventually involve 38 billion cubic metres of gas annually.
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