17 mar 2023 5:10 p.m
During the official visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Moscow, the two heads of state will publish articles on the status of Russian-Chinese relations. This had been agreed in advance by the high-ranking politicians.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping will publish articles on the state of relations between the two countries in the press on Monday. This is what Yuri Ushakov, the head of state’s adviser on international affairs, announced:
“The two heads of state have agreed to publish articles in Renmin Ribao and Rossiyskaya Gazeta.”
According to Ushakov, Putin and Xi Jinping would give their assessments of relations between the two countries. Both Moscow and Beijing are satisfied with the level of bilateral relations:
“This is an important signal right on the eve of the negotiations.”
Ushakov further noted that Putin and Xi Jinping had developed a special friendship and trust in personal relationships. In total, the two heads of state met around forty times in different formats.
Putin and Xi Jinping will discuss military-technical cooperation and energy at the talks, it said. Ushakov specified that Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Dmitry Shugaev were also invited to the talks. The Ukraine conflict will also be an issue. In this regard, the official said:
“I can say that we appreciate the Chinese leadership’s cautious and balanced position on this issue. We are aware of the Chinese unification plan.”
Regarding China’s peace plan to resolve the conflict in Ukraine, the presidential adviser noted that “most of the assessments of Chinese friends coincide with our view of the current situation” and stressed that Beijing shows “an understanding of the real causes of the crisis that has arisen”.
The Kremlin press service announced today that Xi Jinping will travel to Russia on March 20-22, 2023 at the invitation of Putin. During the talks, current issues of the further development of comprehensive partnership relations and strategic cooperation between the two countries will be discussed.
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