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Huawei to develop 5G with Russian firm

The deal was signed in Moscow, as Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin looked on.

(Steve Parsons/PA)
(Steve Parsons/PA)

Huawei Technologies has signed an agreement with Russian telecom company MTS to develop next-generation 5G networks.

The deal was signed on Wednesday in Moscow, as Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin looked on.

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Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin in Moscow (Maxim Shipenkov/AP)

China has been championing Huawei, the world’s biggest telecoms gear provider, as a national star as the company fights US pressure on many countries to exclude it from new 5G networks.

US officials say Huawei is a security risk.

MTS said in a statement that it plans to work with Huawei on developing 5G technologies.

Mr Xi is on a state visit to Russia as the two countries grow increasingly close while each contends with friction with the US.

He will also attend a major investment conference in St Petersburg on Friday.

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