BEIJING: Chinese language President Xi Jinping will go to Russia subsequent week, Beijing’s international ministry stated Friday, his first journey to Moscow in practically 4 years.
“On the invitation of President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation, President Xi Jinping can pay a state go to to Russia from March 20 to 22,” the ministry stated in a press release.
Xi final visited Russia in 2019, although Putin attended the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Beijing final yr and the 2 leaders additionally met at a regional safety gathering in Uzbekistan in September.
The pair will discuss “strategic cooperation”, in accordance with a near-simultaneous assertion from the Kremlin.
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The 2 leaders “will talk about deepening the exhaustive partnership and strategic cooperation between Russia and China”, together with on the worldwide stage, the Kremlin stated, including, “essential bilateral paperwork can be signed”.
The go to will come simply over a yr into Moscow’s invasion of neighbouring Ukraine.
China has sought to painting itself as a impartial occasion within the battle, however its place has been criticised by some Western leaders as missing credibility and offering tacit assist for Moscow.
In a 12-point place paper on the battle revealed final month, China known as for dialogue and respect for all nations’ territorial sovereignty.
China and Russia are additionally strategic allies, with either side steadily touting what they name a “no limits” partnership.
Beijing’s international ministry didn’t verify whether or not Xi additionally deliberate to carry a rumoured name with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky when requested at a routine press convention on Friday.
China’s international minister on Thursday urged Kyiv and Moscow to restart peace talks “as quickly as attainable”, whereas Kyiv stated the decision additionally raised the significance of Ukraine’s territorial integrity.
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Beijing “hopes that every one events will hold calm, train restraint, resume peace talks as quickly as attainable and return to the monitor of political settlement”, Chinese language Overseas Minister Qin Gang advised his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba in a cellphone name.