Russia, China sign agreement to build winter palace in Russia
RUSSIA, China and Russia have signed a deal to build a winter palace at the Winter Palace in the Russian city of Sochi.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping and their Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, who will travel to Sochi later on Thursday, signed the agreement on Thursday at the Kremlin.
The deal comes as the two countries face pressure to ease tensions over North Korea’s nuclear program and tensions over Moscow’s role in Syria’s civil war.
The Russian government said the project would include a new hotel and restaurant, an indoor sports complex, a new public swimming pool and an ice rink.
The agreement also calls for the establishment of a winter resort for winter tourism in Russia, a statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
The construction of the Winter palace comes as tensions are high between Russia and China over North Korean nuclear tests and Beijing and Moscow are at odds over a U.S. missile defense system.
The U.K. said on Thursday it will install a nuclear missile defense shield system at its nuclear missile base in Scotland.