Xi Jinping’s visit to Russia
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Russia on Monday (March 20) for a three-day state visit, marking his first state visit to Russia since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. President Xi Jinping’s visit to Russia is expected to strengthen the already strong bilateral ties between the two countries
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Xi Jinping arrived at Moscow’s Vanukova Airport at 12:59 local time, where he was greeted by Russian officials. The two leaders had lunch together before a formal meeting with Putin in the afternoon. Xi Jinping described Russia as a “good neighbor” and “faithful partner” and expressed his optimism about the future of bilateral relations between the two countries.
Xi Jinping’s visit comes at a time when Russia faces economic sanctions from the West, including the United States, over its annexation of Crimea and its involvement in the war in Ukraine. China, on the other hand, is looking to expand its influence globally, especially in Europe, where it has invested heavily in infrastructure projects.
The Putin-Xi talks are expected to cover a range of issues, including economic cooperation, regional security and international affairs. But the main focus of the talks will likely be on the situation in Ukraine.
Many analysts believe that the restoration of diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran, brokered by China, has raised expectations for Beijing. The world is looking at the Chinese president. Not just the Ukraine war, but whether an arrest warrant against Putin would change Beijing’s attitude toward Moscow.
US response to Putin-Xi talks White House National Security Council spokesman John Kerby said it would be “unacceptable” if Chinese President Putin could be persuaded into a ceasefire. According to him, this will give Russia enough time and opportunity to strengthen itself.
John Kerby said that there is a possibility of discussing a ceasefire in Ukraine at this meeting. As we said earlier, President Xi should discuss with President Zelensky. We think China should think from Ukraine’s point of view.
The United States and allied countries are deeply concerned about Xi’s visit. It is assumed that China will not condemn Russia’s actions in any way. In turn, Western sanctions will provide more financial support to Moscow. The US has expressed concern about the visit and its potential impact on the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
The Putin-Xi talks have raised tensions between Russia and the West. The US and its allies are watching the visit with suspicion and worry about its potential impact on the conflict in Ukraine.