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Putin and Xi to discuss Ukraine and Taiwan, Kremlin says

Putin and Xi to discuss Ukraine and Taiwan, Kremlin says

Reuters · 09/13/2022 10:00
Putin and Xi to discuss Ukraine and Taiwan, Kremlin says

- Russia's Vladimir Putin and China's Xi Jinping will discuss Ukraine and Taiwan at a meeting in Uzbekistan on Thursday which the Kremlin said would hold "special significance" given the geopolitical situation.

Xi will leave China for the first time in more than two years for a trip this week to Central Asia where he will meet Putin, just a month before he is set to cement his place as the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong.

"The presidents will discuss both the bilateral agenda and the main regional and international topics," Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov said at a briefing in Moscow.

"Naturally, they will give a positive assessment of the unprecedentedly high level of trust within the bilateral strategic partnership," he added.

Ushakov said Moscow values China's position towards what he called the "Ukraine crisis", saying Beijing had struck a "balanced approach" towards the conflict.

China "clearly understands the reasons that forced Russia to launch its special military operation. This issue, of course, will be thoroughly discussed during the upcoming meeting," Ushakov said.

The meeting between Xi and Putin in Uzbekistan will take place on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization's summit in the ancient Silk Road city of Samarkand in Uzbekistan.

The deepening " limits" partnership between the rising superpower of China and the resources titan of Russia is a geopolitical development the West is watching with anxiety.


(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)