December 19, 2019 / 12:45 PM / a month ago

Putin says no plans for Russia-China military alliance

FILE PHOTO: Russia's President Vladimir Putin attends a joint news conference after a Normandy-format summit in Paris, France, December 9, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/Pool

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia is not planning to create a military alliance with China, despite Moscow helping Beijing build a missile attack warning system.

Putin said in October that Russia was helping China build the system. On Thursday he said it was purely a defensive measure.

Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin, Writing by Alexander Marrow; editing by John Stonestreet

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