"A comprehensive program needs to be drawn up for developing Eastern Siberian and Far East [oil and gas] fields, and we are ready to discuss China's involvement in this program," he said.
Zhukov did not specify what form China's involvement would take, saying there were various possibilities.
Chinese Vice Premier Wu Yi, during a meeting with a Russian delegation to prepare for the upcoming meeting between the country's leaders, said that China is interested in oil and gas exploration and development in Russia.
"I hope that the [Russian] government will create the necessary conditions for such cooperation," she said.
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Russia has become very adept in playing the diplomatic game, in which victory depends on choosing the right associate or partner. But there are a growing number of claimants to this role in the new horizontal and interdependent world. Aside Syria and Iran, being still important, the new venues for the application of practical diplomacy may well be Ukraine, the East China Sea and Afghanistan.