Russia’s Putin to meet China President Xi as Ukraine war drags out

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, March 21, 2023.

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WASHINGTON –Russian President Vladimir Putin stated Friday that he will quickly meet Chinese President Xi Jinping as the Kremlin’s war in Ukraine drags out.

“Soon enough we will have some occasions and there will be a conference with the Chinese President [Xi Jinping],” Putin stated throughout a conference with trainees in Russia.

“He [Xi] calls me his good friend, and I enjoy to call him my good friend, due to the fact that this is a guy who personally does a lot for the advancement of Russian-Chinese relations and cooperation in various locations,” Putin stated.

Since Russia’s intrusion of its ex-Soviet next-door neighbor, Washington and its allies have actually enforced rounds of collaborated sanctions rising Russia past Iran and North Korea as the world’s most-sanctioned nation.

White House authorities have actually formerly revealed deep issues about China’s positioning with Russia and the possibility that the world’s second-largest economy might assist Moscow as the Kremlin’s war heads into its 600 th day.

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The last time the 2 leaders fulfilled remained in March at theKremlin A month later on, Xi spoke on the phone for the very first time given that Russia’s full-blown intrusion with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

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Putin and Xi’s upcoming conference likewise comes in the middle of constant gains by Ukrainian forces on the battleground.

The White House stated Ukrainian forces have actually made “notable progress” in southern Zaporizhzhia in the last 72 hours.

“Now where they go from here and how they exploit that success, I’ll leave it to them to discuss, but we have seen some notable progress,” National Security Council representative John Kirby informed press reporters on a teleconference.

Kirby decreased to offer extra information, mentioning functional security threats.