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A ‘Dear Friend’ To Russia – Putin Mourns Late Chinese Leader Zemin

A photo combination of former Chinese leader, Jiang Zemin and Russian President, Vladimir Putin. Credit: AFP


President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin — who was hailed as a great communist revolutionary and was announced by Beijing to have died earlier — was a “dear friend” to Russia.

“As a dear friend of our country, Jiang Zemin made an invaluable contribution to the development of Russian-Chinese relations… the bright memory of such an authoritative politician and a wonderful person will forever remain in my heart,” Putin said in a message of condolence to Chinese leader Xi Jinping, according to a Kremlin statement.

READ ALSO: Former China Leader Jiang Zemin Dies At 96

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