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Putin and Xi Jinping ready for dialogue


MOSCOW, March 21. — Presidents of Russia and China Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping discussed the Chinese plan for a settlement in Ukraine during the meeting, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, specifying that he was not going to evaluate the dialogue, and that the media had to wait for statements from both leaders before concluding state visit of Xi Jinping to Russia.

On February 24, the Chinese Foreign Ministry released a document outlining Beijing’s position on a political settlement of the situation in Ukraine, a document including 12 points, including a call for a ceasefire, respect for the legitimate interests of all countries in terms of security, combating the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, and an exchange of prisoners of war between Moscow and Kiev, the LP said.

It also expresses a refusal to anyone to impose unilateral sanctions without a corresponding decision of the UN Security Council.

In this text, China called dialogue and negotiations “the only way to resolve the crisis in Ukraine” and called on all parties to support Moscow and Kyiv in “moving towards each other”, as well as in resuming direct dialogue as soon as possible.

For its part, Russia Today stressed that Tuesday was the main day of the state visit to Moscow by the leader of the Asian giant, who has chosen Russia as his first overseas destination since his recent re-election to a third term.

The Kremlin announced that Putin and Xi will discuss military-technical cooperation, the energy issue, as well as trade and economic ties between the two countries.

In this context, the parties will sign more than a dozen documents, including two joint statements, “a joint statement by the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China on deepening relations of comprehensive partnership and strategic cooperation, marking the beginning of a new era,” as well as a joint statement on a plan for the development of key areas of economic cooperation until 2030.

Xi stressed that China and Russia are the world’s largest neighboring countries, as well as “partners in all-round strategic cooperation,” which promotes “close relations” between the two countries, Telesur reported.

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin on Tuesday as part of his state visit to Moscow.

At the meeting, Xi said he had invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit China this year. He also sent Mishustin an invitation to travel to an Asian country in the near future.

Xi urged to intensify the work of intergovernmental mechanisms between the two countries. In addition, the new Chinese Premier Li Qiang will give priority to the development of cooperation with Russia.

Source: Juventud Rebelde



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