Xi Jinping, state visit to Russia next week

2023-03-17 20:20:07, Kosova & Bota CNA
Xi Jinping, state visit to Russia next week
Chinese President Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping will pay a state visit to Russia next week, where he will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, China and the Kremlin said on Friday.

He will stay in Russia from Monday to Wednesday.

The two leaders last met in China last year when Mr Putin attended the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics and in September at a regional conference in Uzbekistan.

Next week's visit was announced a day after China called on Russia and Ukraine to start peace talks to end the conflict.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said Friday that Mr. Xi's visit to Russia will "promote strategic coordination and practical cooperation between the two countries and give new impetus to the development of bilateral relations."

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said last month he would meet the Chinese president after Mr Xi called for talks between Russia and Ukraine.

China and Russia have strengthened relations in a number of fields and have engaged in a "borderless" partnership, as the two countries call it./ VOA

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