Russia: Putin touts economic corridor with China and Mongolia at BRICS summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin held trilateral talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Mongolian counterpart Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj at the BRICS summit in Ufa, Thursday. Focusing on developing an economic corridor stretching from China to Russia via Mongolia, the three leaders agreed that they should widen economic openness and liaise on development strategies. President Putin described the corridor as “a new page in relations between our countries.” The Mongolian President also floated the idea of jointly studying the issue of pipeline construction in Mongolian territory. The BRIC summit comes ahead of the 15th meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on July 9 and 10, also taking place in Ufa. In total, 10,000 visitors are expected at the two events.