Xi Jinping will soon visit Moscow – Reuters – RT Russia and former Soviet Union

The Chinese leader is reportedly making a trip to the Russian capital as early as next week

Chinese President Xi Jinping is planning a trip to Moscow for talks with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, and could arrive as early as next week, Reuters reported on Monday, citing unnamed sources.

Neither the Kremlin nor Beijing have confirmed the visit, although TASS reported in late January that Putin had invited the Chinese leader to the Russian capital. The Wall Street Journal also reported last month that Xi could pay for a trip to Moscow in April or early May.

Last week, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Kremlin would not announce the date of a possible visit because no specific details had been confirmed. “At this time, we have nothing to report on this matter. All visits to us by foreign guests are announced in a timely manner,” Peskov told TASS.

Xi’s potential trip will focus on strengthening Russian-Chinese relations, as well as advancing multilateral peace talks on Ukraine and highlighting the importance of non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, according to the Wall Street. Log.

Unlike the West, China refused to condemn the Russian military operation in Ukraine and did not impose economic sanctions on Moscow. Instead, China has repeatedly called for a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

Last week, Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang claimed that fighting between Moscow and Kyiv had reached “a critical moment” and could spiral out of control unless a peace process is launched soon.

At the end of February, China unveiled its own 12-point roadmap for ending the conflict in Ukraine. Beijing called on the international community to encourage all efforts to peacefully resolve the situation and urged Moscow and Kyiv to “Stay rational and show restraint.”

The plan also emphasized the importance of abandoning “cold war mentality” stop “armed attacks” on nuclear power plants, and the abandonment of all sanctions that have not been approved by the UN Security Council.

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