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Putin and Xi Jinping could meet in Russia: Report

The Wall Street Journal today reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping is getting ready to travel to Moscow for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the near future.

According to the article, Xi’s meeting with Putin will support efforts for multiparty negotiations on the peace in Ukraine and provide China an opportunity to restate its demands that nuclear weapons not be utilised. On February 24 of last year, Russia invaded Ukraine.

The WSJ says, preparations for the trip are in the early stages, and the timing has not been decided. Xi may visit during the month of April or the first few days of May, when Russia will be commemorating its victory over Germany in World War Two.

Wang Yi, China’s top envoy, arrived in Moscow on Tuesday, just hours after Putin announced that Russia was suspending its participation in a significant nuclear arms treaty with the United States. China appears to be stepping up diplomatic efforts to push for a peace settlement in Ukraine.

Wang will probably talk about Xi’s travel while he is in Moscow, says WSJ, which cited people familiar with the summit preparations.


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