Xi Jinping plans to visit Russia in coming months, WSJ reports

21 February, 11:44 PM
Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin (Photo:Sputnik/Mikhail Kuravlev/Kremlin via REUTERS)

Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin (Photo:Sputnik/Mikhail Kuravlev/Kremlin via REUTERS)

Chinese President Xi Jinping is preparing to visit Moscow for a summit meeting with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin in the coming months, The Wall Street Journal reported on Feb. 21.

WSJ’s sources claim Xi Jinping-Putin meeting will be a part of advancing "multi-party peace talks" and allow China to reiterate its calls not to use nuclear weapons.

According to the source, preparations for the visit are at an early stage, and its time hasn’t been determined yet. Xi Jinping may visit Russia in April or early May, when the Kremlin will celebrate Soviet Union’s victory in WWII.

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China's top foreign policy adviser Wang Yi is expected to discuss the planned trip during his visit to Moscow.

On Feb. 17, Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani announced that Chinese leader Xi Jinping would deliver a "peace speech" on the anniversary of Russia's full-scale war against Ukraine.

China has so far refrained from criticizing Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, but at the G20 summit in Indonesia, Xi Jinping reportedly "strongly opposed the use of nuclear weapons and supported de-escalation and a ceasefire."

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