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

  • 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.


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