Xi Jinping arrives in Moscow — RT Russia & Ex-URSS

Chinese leader’s visit comes at a time when bilateral ties are at an all-time high, Russian officials say

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Moscow on Monday for a three-day state visit to meet with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. During the summit, the two sides will discuss strategic cooperation in the energy and military fields, as well as the Ukrainian conflict.

Xi landed at Vnukovo airport. Later in the day, he is to have an informal dinner with Putin, which will focus on the “the most important, essential and sensitive issues related to relations between countries”, according to Putin’s aide, Yuri Ushakov.

The main round of talks will take place on Tuesday, however, with the Chinese leader also due to meet Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin. Later, the Russian and Chinese delegations will hold talks in an expanded format.

In total, Moscow and Beijing are expected to sign a dozen documents outlining bilateral cooperation, including two major joint statements.

Russian officials have previously said the historic visit, which comes at a time when relations between Moscow and Beijing are at an all-time high, should give new impetus to bilateral ties. At the same time, Moscow expects the summit to be professional and “discharged of all additional ceremonial things.”

The Ukrainian conflict should be high on the agenda. China has not condemned Moscow’s military operation in the neighboring country or taken part in Western sanctions, while repeatedly calling for a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that after Xi’s visit to Russia, he planned to hold talks with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, aiming to play a bigger role in mediating to end the conflict. .

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