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Putin asks new China-backed lender to aid Russian infra projects
May 19, 2016, 5:22 pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin with President of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Jin Liqun in Sochi, Russia on 18 May 2016 [Image: PPIO]

Russian President Vladimir Putin with President of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Jin Liqun in Sochi, Russia on 18 May 2016 [Image: PPIO]

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the new China-led AIIB will take up a “worthy place” among the world’s international financial institutions, “complementing the IMF and the World Bank”.

BRICS members, China, India and Russia are the three largest shareholders in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

Putin on Wednesday met Jin Liqun, the president of the new lender in Sochi. The Russian President invited the AIIB to participate in infrastructure projects in the country.

“We can propose a number of interesting projects in the Russian Federation: expanding the Trans-Siberian Railway, developing the Northern Sea Route, and developing the special economic zones in Russia’s Far East,” Putin told Liqun.

There are more than 30 countries waiting to join the Beijing-based AIIB, in addition to its 57 founding members, Liqun said in March.

The US and Japan have not applied for the membership in the bank. The new lender has 57 members including major allies of the US such as the UK, Australia, Germany, France and Italy.

BRICS members, China, India and Russia are the three largest shareholders, taking a 30.34 per cent, 8.52 per cent, 6.66 per cent stake, respectively. Their voting shares are calculated at 26.06 per cent, 7.5 per cent and 5.92 per cent.

The AIIB will extend China’s financial reach and compete not only with the World Bank, but also with the Asian Development Bank, which is heavily dominated by Japan. China, however, has repeatedly stressed that the new bank is willing to work with other development lenders.

Washington however was sufficiently irked by the decision by many of its European allies to join the China-led bank while choosing to ignore US warnings about the new lender’s transparency.

The AIIB was officially established in December and it started operating in January.

Putin on Wednesday described the AIIB as a “timely, important and useful initiative”.

“Russia is one of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank’s biggest shareholders, coming in third, and so we certainly hope for Russia’s support for all of the bank’s undertakings,” the Kremlin quoted Jin as saying in his meeting with Putin.

Jin led the AIIB team that is participating in the ASEAN-Russia Summit in Sochi from May 19-20.

TBP

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4 Responses to Putin asks new China-backed lender to aid Russian infra projects

  1. Denise Reply

    May 19, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    It is a pity that here in Brazil are suffering regressions after the coup on President Dilma. The interim Minister of Foreign Affairs wants to change the direction of multilateralism and to end the BRICs.

  2. Patrcia Oliveria dos Santos Reply

    May 20, 2016 at 12:22 am

    Serra minister of foreing do not told no comments relative to abandon the BRICS.

  3. Jeffrey Pickett Reply

    May 22, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    Eventually they will agree with the Saudi’s to end the Petrodollar. Probably sooner than later. The corruption that is the Federal Reserve will cause the Bush/Obama deficit train to derail. The US economic house of cards.

  4. joezhifu Reply

    May 23, 2016 at 6:21 am

    The battle to continue the World Domination continues and lets hope sanity prevails and the World is shared by all.

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