Relations between Russia and China have reached their highest level in history, and the two countries will step up cooperation further, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.
"We will continue to strengthen ties with our good neighbors and friends in the People's Republic of China," Putin said at an expanded meeting of the Russian Foreign Ministry Board.
The bilateral relations have served as a model for effective interstate cooperation in the 21st century, he stressed.
Putin noted that some Western countries are "openly trying to drive a wedge between Moscow and Beijing."
"Together with our Chinese friends, we will continue to respond to such attempts by expanding our political, economic and other cooperation, and coordinating steps in the international arena," he said.