Unlocking the potential of Russia-Asia cooperation

Rapprochement will continue at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in June and the BRICS Summit in the Russian city of Ufa in July says VTB Bank's deputy chairman.

President Xi Jinping’s recent visit to Moscow for the Victory Day parade to mark 70 years since the end of the Second World War illustrates the booming business ties between Russia and China.

Billions of dollars of deals promoting bilateral trade and investment were signed in sectors from financial services to electricity infrastructure to helicopter manufacturing. VTB the only CIS bank with a licence to operate in China inked agreements with China Development Bank, Export-Import Bank of China and China Export Credit Insurance Corporation.

These deals expanded upon previous announcements, including a $24.5 billion currency swap agreement between the countries’ central banks to help facilitate the continued...

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