Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin were scheduled for Tuesday to hold more discussions despite criticism from the West that Xi’s visit was helping Moscow gain momentum in its ongoing year-long conflict with Ukraine.
As per a Reuters report, On Monday, the two men engaged in a more than four-hour conversation and had a state supper at the Kremlin, lovingly referring to one another as “dear friend”.
The visit highlighted the growing closeness of relations between Moscow and Beijing, despite China’s efforts to portray itself as a potential peacemaker in the Ukraine conflict.
Washington criticized Beijing for giving Putin “diplomatic cover” during the visit and praised Beijing for highlighting the relationship. It also termed the visit as support to war crimes.
Xi, on the other hand, is only permitted to communicate with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy over the phone.
“We are waiting for confirmation,” Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera. “That would be an important move. They have things to say to each other.”
Earlier, It claimed that Russian forces had attempted to take over Bakhmut, the location of the bloodiest and longest combat of the war, and other targets, but had been rebuffed.
It also declared that the occupants were continuing to attack Bakhmut.