BEIJING, China – President Xi Jinping of China will travel to Russia from Monday to Wednesday, in an evident display of solidarity for Russian President Vladimir Putin. China’s President Xi will visit Moscow to demonstrate his backing for Putin.
On Friday, the Kremlin also confirmed the visit, stating that it would take place “at Vladimir Putin’s invite.”
Xi and Putin will talk about “problems of yet more establishing a comprehensive cooperation and strategic engagement between Russia and China,” as well as share ideas “in the framework of strengthening Russian-Chinese collaboration on the world stage,” according to a Kremlin statement.
The two presidents will also sign “significant bilateral documents,” according to the statement.
China has established a “no-limits” relationship with Russia and has refused to denounce Moscow’s incursion, despite stating that all countries’ territorial integrity and sovereignty must be accorded respect.
Beijing has also slammed Western sanctions, accusing NATO and the United States of inciting Russia.
Throughout a video conference conversation in late December, Putin urged Xi to visit Russia. According to Putin, the visit will “show to the entire world the robustness of Russian-Chinese ties” and will “become the largest political spectacle of the year in bilateral ties.” China’s President Xi will visit Moscow to demonstrate his backing for Putin.
In an unusual phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart on Thursday, China’s foreign minister expressed alarm about the year-old simmering conflict with Russia spiraling out of control and encouraged discussions with Moscow on a political settlement.
Kuleba posted on twitter that he and Qin “talked the relevance of the territorial sovereignty principle.”
“I emphasized the significance of (Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s) Peace Formula in stopping the aggression as well as rebuilding just peace in Ukraine,” wrote Kuleba, who talked with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the same day.