The Chinese leader will reportedly make a trip to the Russian capital as early as next week
Chinese President Xi Jinping © Getty Images / Lauren DeCicca
Chinese President Xi Jinping is planning a trip to Moscow to hold talks with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, and could arrive as early as next week, Reuters reported on Monday, citing anonymous sources.
Neither the Kremlin nor Beijing has confirmed the visit, although TASS reported in late January that Putin had invited the Chinese leader to the Russian capital. The Wall Street Journal also reported last month that Xi could pay a trip to Moscow in April or early May.
Last week, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated that the Kremlin would not announce the date of a possible visit as no specific details had been confirmed. “So far, we have nothing to report on this topic. All visits to us by foreign guests are announced in a timely manner,” Peskov told TASS.
The potential trip by Xi will focus on strengthening Russian-Chinese relations, as well as progressing multilateral peace talks on Ukraine and underlining the importance of nuclear weapons non-proliferation, according to the Wall Street Journal.
In contrast to the West, China has refused to condemn Russia’s military operation in Ukraine and has not imposed economic sanctions on Moscow. Instead, China has repeatedly called for a peaceful resolution to the conflict.