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Chinese language chief Xi Jinping arrived in Russia on Monday for a much-anticipated three-day state go to, taking a joint stand with President Vladimir Putin towards the West even because the Russian chief stands accused by the Worldwide Prison Courtroom of conflict crimes in Ukraine.

The 2 males, every positioned as “chief for all times” of a nuclear energy, celebrated their “no limits” relationship in Beijing collectively in early 2022, simply weeks earlier than Putin ordered his full-scale invasion of Ukraine, they usually have met about 40 occasions. However Monday’s go to, the primary by Xi because the invasion, represents a show of tacit assist for the conflict by China and a private triumph for Putin, who is raring to indicate he isn’t remoted on the world stage.

At an preliminary assembly on Monday afternoon, the leaders appeared relaxed, smiling as they shook fingers. “Expensive pal, welcome to Russia,” Putin mentioned.

Putin praised Xi’s management and complimented China’s “colossal leap ahead,” including: “All around the world, that is of real curiosity, and we even envy you a little bit.”

Xi, in equally flattering phrases, instructed Putin that he thought Russia had made “important progress in prosperity” below his management. “You have got elections subsequent yr, and I’m positive the Russian folks will assist you” Xi mentioned.

Elections in Russia are usually not free or truthful. Opposition politicians usually are subjected to persecution and arrest, or face different obstacles to operating for workplace. Putin additionally pushed by way of structure modifications that may let him keep in energy no less than by way of 2036.

Xi’s airplane arrived at Vnukovo Worldwide Airport simply southwest of the Russian capital at roughly 1 p.m. native time Monday. The presidential motorcade then made its method to the middle of Moscow, the place dozens of individuals waving Chinese language and Russian flags greeted the delegation on the Soluxe Lodge within the north of town. A dinner is scheduled for in a while Monday at which, based on a menu posted by one Kremlin pool reporter, the leaders will eat quail and mushroom pancakes, venison and Russian wine.

China’s Xi Jinping arrived in Moscow on March 20, marking his first go to to Russia because the invasion of Ukraine. (Video: Russia 24)

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov mentioned Monday that the leaders would focus on the prospects for peace “a technique or one other” and that Ukraine would “undoubtedly be on the agenda.”

With the world’s consideration centered on Xi’s look in Moscow, the Ukrainian authorities on Monday urged the Chinese language chief to press Putin to respect the United Nations Constitution, withdraw Russia’s occupying forces and restore Kyiv’s territorial integrity.

“We anticipate Beijing to make use of its affect on Moscow to make it put an finish to the aggressive conflict towards Ukraine,” Ukrainian Overseas Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko instructed The Washington Submit. “We stand prepared to interact in a better dialogue with China as a way to restore peace in Ukraine in accordance with the rules enshrined within the U.N. Constitution, and the newest [U.N. General Assembly] decision on this matter.”

Forward of the assembly, the 2 leaders every printed articles — Xi’s carried in Rossiyskaya Gazeta; Putin’s within the Individuals’s Each day — wherein they denounced what they portrayed as U.S.-led Western hegemony, and conceitedness.

Putin attacked america immediately in his article. “The U.S.’s coverage of concurrently deterring Russia and China, in addition to all those that don’t bend to American dictation, is getting ever extra fierce and aggressive,” Putin wrote. “The worldwide safety and cooperation structure is being dismantled. Russia has been labeled an ‘speedy menace’ and China a ‘strategic competitor.’”

As Xi visits Russia, Putin sees his anti-U.S. world order taking shape

Xi merely alluded to Washington, writing: “The worldwide neighborhood is properly conscious that no nation on this planet is superior to all others. There isn’t any common mannequin of presidency and there’s no world order the place the decisive phrase belongs to a single nation. Solidarity and peace on the planet with out splits and upheavals meet the widespread pursuits of all mankind.”

Since coming to energy in 2012, Xi has pursued an more and more assertive overseas coverage to counter what Beijing sees as U.S. efforts to include China. Its friendship with Moscow is a key a part of China’s technique to subvert Western-imposed isolation.

Xi and Putin are anticipated to debate alternatives to construct their bilateral partnership, together with higher financial cooperation, which has soared over the previous yr and turn into more and more important to Russia amid the chew of Western sanctions and punitive measures towards Russian vitality exports. In 2022, Chinese language exports to Russia elevated by 12.8 %, whereas Russian exports to China of crude oil elevated, in greenback phrases, by 44 % and exports of pure fuel greater than doubled, based on industry data.

The leaders can also deal with Russia’s want for deadly weapons from China, because the conflict in Ukraine stalls and Kyiv awaits deliveries of extra highly effective and complicated weapons from the West, together with battle tanks and air defenses.

“There was plenty of hypothesis about army support, however China has not promised Russia something,” mentioned Ma Fengshu, director of the Russian and Central Asian Research Heart at Shandong College. “After all President Xi and Putin will discuss in regards to the Ukraine difficulty, however this assembly will probably be primarily about enhancing bilateral cooperation between China and Russia, slightly than figuring out an answer to the Ukraine disaster.”

China professes to be impartial within the conflict, however Xi has not condemned Russia’s invasion or Putin’s effort to annex 4 Ukrainian areas in a violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and worldwide legislation.

Nonetheless, Xi is predicted to boost to a 12-point peace plan he put ahead final month, which known as for an finish to “unilateral sanctions” however notably didn’t demand Russia’s withdrawal from occupied Ukrainian territory. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has expressed openness to talking with Xi however has vowed to reclaim all occupied lands.

At Monday’s opening assembly Putin instructed Xi that Russia was “open to the negotiation course of.”

“We’ve fastidiously studied your proposals to resolve the acute disaster in Ukraine. After all, we could have the chance to debate this difficulty,” Putin mentioned.

Xi’s journey, whereas delivering Putin a much-needed distraction from Russia’s failures on the battlefield, additionally highlights his nation’s rising dependence on China, one among its few remaining allies and companions.

Putin visits occupied Mariupol, staking claim to invaded Ukrainian lands

“We’ve excessive expectations for the upcoming talks,” Putin wrote within the Individuals’s Each day article. “We’ve little question that they may give a brand new highly effective impetus to our bilateral cooperation in its entirety. That is additionally an amazing alternative for me to satisfy with my good outdated pal with whom we benefit from the warmest relationship.”

In the meantime, Xi wrote that the go to aimed to strengthen the nations’ “friendship, cooperation and peace.”

“I’m prepared, along with President Vladimir Putin, to stipulate new plans and measures within the identify of opening up new prospects for China-Russia relations of complete partnership and strategic cooperation,” he wrote.

Over the weekend, Putin made a shock journey to the occupied metropolis of Mariupol, as soon as once more staking his declare to invaded Ukrainian lands. Russian forces all however destroyed town throughout a months-long siege earlier than seizing it final spring.

Ukrainians reacted with anger and dismay to the go to, noting that Putin is accused by the International Criminal Court of illegally taking Ukrainian 1000’s kids to Russia, a lot of whom got here from Mariupol.

Xi can be anticipated to talking to Zelensky following his Russia journey, which will probably be capped by a proper state dinner on the Kremlin.

A spokesman for Zelensky, Serhiy Nykyforov, mentioned Friday that “there are not any particular agreements” about when the decision would happen however that “the work is in progress.”

“This matter, amongst others, was mentioned by overseas ministers of Ukraine and China,” Nykyforov wrote in a textual content message.

David L. Stern in Kyiv; Natalia Abbukumova in Riga, Latvia; and Lyric Li in Seoul contributed to this report.

One yr of Russia’s conflict in Ukraine

Portraits of Ukraine: Each Ukrainian’s life has modified since Russia launched its full-scale invasion one yr in the past — in methods each large and small. They’ve realized to outlive and assist one another under extreme circumstances, in bomb shelters and hospitals, destroyed residence complexes and ruined marketplaces. Scroll through portraits of Ukrainians reflecting on a year of loss, resilience and fear.

Battle of attrition: Over the previous yr, the conflict has morphed from a multi-front invasion that included Kyiv within the north to a battle of attrition largely concentrated alongside an expanse of territory within the east and south. Follow the 600-mile front line between Ukrainian and Russian forces and take a look at where the fighting has been concentrated.

A yr of residing aside: Russia’s invasion, coupled with Ukraine’s martial legislation stopping fighting-age males from leaving the nation, has compelled agonizing choices for hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian households about how to balance safety, duty and love, with once-intertwined lives having turn into unrecognizable. Right here’s what a train station full of goodbyes regarded like final yr.

Deepening world divides: President Biden has trumpeted the reinvigorated Western alliance solid in the course of the conflict as a “world coalition,” however a better look suggests the world is far from united on issues raised by the Ukraine war. Proof abounds that the trouble to isolate Putin has failed and that sanctions haven’t stopped Russia, due to its oil and fuel exports.

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Chinese language chief Xi Jinping arrived in Russia on Monday for a much-anticipated three-day state go to, taking a joint stand with President Vladimir Putin towards the West even because the Russian chief stands accused by the Worldwide Prison Courtroom of conflict crimes in Ukraine.

The 2 males, every positioned as “chief for all times” of a nuclear energy, celebrated their “no limits” relationship in Beijing collectively in early 2022, simply weeks earlier than Putin ordered his full-scale invasion of Ukraine, they usually have met about 40 occasions. However Monday’s go to, the primary by Xi because the invasion, represents a show of tacit assist for the conflict by China and a private triumph for Putin, who is raring to indicate he isn’t remoted on the world stage.

At an preliminary assembly on Monday afternoon, the leaders appeared relaxed, smiling as they shook fingers. “Expensive pal, welcome to Russia,” Putin mentioned.

Putin praised Xi’s management and complimented China’s “colossal leap ahead,” including: “All around the world, that is of real curiosity, and we even envy you a little bit.”

Xi, in equally flattering phrases, instructed Putin that he thought Russia had made “important progress in prosperity” below his management. “You have got elections subsequent yr, and I’m positive the Russian folks will assist you” Xi mentioned.

Elections in Russia are usually not free or truthful. Opposition politicians usually are subjected to persecution and arrest, or face different obstacles to operating for workplace. Putin additionally pushed by way of structure modifications that may let him keep in energy no less than by way of 2036.

Xi’s airplane arrived at Vnukovo Worldwide Airport simply southwest of the Russian capital at roughly 1 p.m. native time Monday. The presidential motorcade then made its method to the middle of Moscow, the place dozens of individuals waving Chinese language and Russian flags greeted the delegation on the Soluxe Lodge within the north of town. A dinner is scheduled for in a while Monday at which, based on a menu posted by one Kremlin pool reporter, the leaders will eat quail and mushroom pancakes, venison and Russian wine.

China’s Xi Jinping arrived in Moscow on March 20, marking his first go to to Russia because the invasion of Ukraine. (Video: Russia 24)

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov mentioned Monday that the leaders would focus on the prospects for peace “a technique or one other” and that Ukraine would “undoubtedly be on the agenda.”

With the world’s consideration centered on Xi’s look in Moscow, the Ukrainian authorities on Monday urged the Chinese language chief to press Putin to respect the United Nations Constitution, withdraw Russia’s occupying forces and restore Kyiv’s territorial integrity.

“We anticipate Beijing to make use of its affect on Moscow to make it put an finish to the aggressive conflict towards Ukraine,” Ukrainian Overseas Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko instructed The Washington Submit. “We stand prepared to interact in a better dialogue with China as a way to restore peace in Ukraine in accordance with the rules enshrined within the U.N. Constitution, and the newest [U.N. General Assembly] decision on this matter.”

Forward of the assembly, the 2 leaders every printed articles — Xi’s carried in Rossiyskaya Gazeta; Putin’s within the Individuals’s Each day — wherein they denounced what they portrayed as U.S.-led Western hegemony, and conceitedness.

Putin attacked america immediately in his article. “The U.S.’s coverage of concurrently deterring Russia and China, in addition to all those that don’t bend to American dictation, is getting ever extra fierce and aggressive,” Putin wrote. “The worldwide safety and cooperation structure is being dismantled. Russia has been labeled an ‘speedy menace’ and China a ‘strategic competitor.’”

As Xi visits Russia, Putin sees his anti-U.S. world order taking shape

Xi merely alluded to Washington, writing: “The worldwide neighborhood is properly conscious that no nation on this planet is superior to all others. There isn’t any common mannequin of presidency and there’s no world order the place the decisive phrase belongs to a single nation. Solidarity and peace on the planet with out splits and upheavals meet the widespread pursuits of all mankind.”

Since coming to energy in 2012, Xi has pursued an more and more assertive overseas coverage to counter what Beijing sees as U.S. efforts to include China. Its friendship with Moscow is a key a part of China’s technique to subvert Western-imposed isolation.

Xi and Putin are anticipated to debate alternatives to construct their bilateral partnership, together with higher financial cooperation, which has soared over the previous yr and turn into more and more important to Russia amid the chew of Western sanctions and punitive measures towards Russian vitality exports. In 2022, Chinese language exports to Russia elevated by 12.8 %, whereas Russian exports to China of crude oil elevated, in greenback phrases, by 44 % and exports of pure fuel greater than doubled, based on industry data.

The leaders can also deal with Russia’s want for deadly weapons from China, because the conflict in Ukraine stalls and Kyiv awaits deliveries of extra highly effective and complicated weapons from the West, together with battle tanks and air defenses.

“There was plenty of hypothesis about army support, however China has not promised Russia something,” mentioned Ma Fengshu, director of the Russian and Central Asian Research Heart at Shandong College. “After all President Xi and Putin will discuss in regards to the Ukraine difficulty, however this assembly will probably be primarily about enhancing bilateral cooperation between China and Russia, slightly than figuring out an answer to the Ukraine disaster.”

China professes to be impartial within the conflict, however Xi has not condemned Russia’s invasion or Putin’s effort to annex 4 Ukrainian areas in a violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and worldwide legislation.

Nonetheless, Xi is predicted to boost to a 12-point peace plan he put ahead final month, which known as for an finish to “unilateral sanctions” however notably didn’t demand Russia’s withdrawal from occupied Ukrainian territory. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has expressed openness to talking with Xi however has vowed to reclaim all occupied lands.

At Monday’s opening assembly Putin instructed Xi that Russia was “open to the negotiation course of.”

“We’ve fastidiously studied your proposals to resolve the acute disaster in Ukraine. After all, we could have the chance to debate this difficulty,” Putin mentioned.

Xi’s journey, whereas delivering Putin a much-needed distraction from Russia’s failures on the battlefield, additionally highlights his nation’s rising dependence on China, one among its few remaining allies and companions.

Putin visits occupied Mariupol, staking claim to invaded Ukrainian lands

“We’ve excessive expectations for the upcoming talks,” Putin wrote within the Individuals’s Each day article. “We’ve little question that they may give a brand new highly effective impetus to our bilateral cooperation in its entirety. That is additionally an amazing alternative for me to satisfy with my good outdated pal with whom we benefit from the warmest relationship.”

In the meantime, Xi wrote that the go to aimed to strengthen the nations’ “friendship, cooperation and peace.”

“I’m prepared, along with President Vladimir Putin, to stipulate new plans and measures within the identify of opening up new prospects for China-Russia relations of complete partnership and strategic cooperation,” he wrote.

Over the weekend, Putin made a shock journey to the occupied metropolis of Mariupol, as soon as once more staking his declare to invaded Ukrainian lands. Russian forces all however destroyed town throughout a months-long siege earlier than seizing it final spring.

Ukrainians reacted with anger and dismay to the go to, noting that Putin is accused by the International Criminal Court of illegally taking Ukrainian 1000’s kids to Russia, a lot of whom got here from Mariupol.

Xi can be anticipated to talking to Zelensky following his Russia journey, which will probably be capped by a proper state dinner on the Kremlin.

A spokesman for Zelensky, Serhiy Nykyforov, mentioned Friday that “there are not any particular agreements” about when the decision would happen however that “the work is in progress.”

“This matter, amongst others, was mentioned by overseas ministers of Ukraine and China,” Nykyforov wrote in a textual content message.

David L. Stern in Kyiv; Natalia Abbukumova in Riga, Latvia; and Lyric Li in Seoul contributed to this report.

One yr of Russia’s conflict in Ukraine

Portraits of Ukraine: Each Ukrainian’s life has modified since Russia launched its full-scale invasion one yr in the past — in methods each large and small. They’ve realized to outlive and assist one another under extreme circumstances, in bomb shelters and hospitals, destroyed residence complexes and ruined marketplaces. Scroll through portraits of Ukrainians reflecting on a year of loss, resilience and fear.

Battle of attrition: Over the previous yr, the conflict has morphed from a multi-front invasion that included Kyiv within the north to a battle of attrition largely concentrated alongside an expanse of territory within the east and south. Follow the 600-mile front line between Ukrainian and Russian forces and take a look at where the fighting has been concentrated.

A yr of residing aside: Russia’s invasion, coupled with Ukraine’s martial legislation stopping fighting-age males from leaving the nation, has compelled agonizing choices for hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian households about how to balance safety, duty and love, with once-intertwined lives having turn into unrecognizable. Right here’s what a train station full of goodbyes regarded like final yr.

Deepening world divides: President Biden has trumpeted the reinvigorated Western alliance solid in the course of the conflict as a “world coalition,” however a better look suggests the world is far from united on issues raised by the Ukraine war. Proof abounds that the trouble to isolate Putin has failed and that sanctions haven’t stopped Russia, due to its oil and fuel exports.

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