Putin will hold “substantial” talks with Xi Jinping in Beijing in October

Moscow, Sep 19 (EFE).- The president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, plans to hold “substantial” talks with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, during the bilateral meeting they will hold in October in Beijing, the Secretary of the Security Council said today Russian.

“We look forward to substantive bilateral talks between President Vladimir Putin of Russia and President Xi Jinping of China in Beijing in October as part of the Russian head of state’s participation in the Belt and Road International Forum events. Silk,” said Nikolai Patrushev in a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Want Yi.

The advisor for International Affairs of the Russian Presidency, Yuri Ushakov, already announced at the end of last July that Putin was planning a trip to China in October.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov, in turn, said at the beginning of the month that the agenda of Putin’s visit to the Asian neighbor includes the discussion of issues that are already clear and that “are quite voluminous,” such as bilateral trade, economic cooperation and the global and regional situation.

In February 2022, shortly before the beginning of the Russian military intervention in Ukraine, Putin and Xi proclaimed in Beijing the “limitless friendship” between their nations.

In March of this year, during Xi’s visit to Russia, the Chinese leader tried to convince Putin of his 12-point peace initiative and, according to the Financial Times, warned his Russian counterpart against the use of nuclear weapons.

Patrushev stressed today that Russia is committed to the progressive development and strengthening of relations with China, and stressed that relations between Moscow and Beijing are based on the principles of respect, non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, as well as mutual support at the international level.

“Our relationships are valuable in themselves and are not subject to external conditions,” he said.

Likewise, Patrushev reiterated Moscow’s “continued support” for Beijing’s policies towards Taiwan, Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong. EFE