Putin Flaunts Xi Visit, Calls China Leader ‘Dear Friend,’ Amid Their Ukraine Chat

TOPSHOT - China's President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin pose with Mongolia's President during their trilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) leaders' summit in Samarkand on September 15, 2022. (Photo by Alexandr Demyanchuk / SPUTNIK / AFP) (Photo by ALEXANDR DEMYANCHUK/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images)
  • Vladimir Putin hosted China’s Xi Jinping for dinner in the Kremlin on Monday, part of the Chinese leader’s three-day visit to Russia – as much of the rest of the world waits to see whether the two leader reach some sort of agreement about Ukraine.
  • Xi has not taken condemned Putin for invading Russia and has so far stayed neutral. However, he has indicated that he want to propose a peace plan.
  • The rest of the world remains wary, saying such a plan might just be a stall tactic so Russian forces can regroup and that such a plan would not result in the forces leaving Ukraine.
  • Putin and Xi reportedly greeted each another as “dear friend” when they met in the Kremlin, and Russian state news agencies later reported they held informal talks for nearly 4-1/2 hours on Monday, with further official talks scheduled for Tuesday.