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President Vladimir Putin, overwhelmed by Ukraine’s recapture of territory, condemned what he called the “provocations” of the US in the Taiwan Strait as he met with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, who called on him to lead “a rapidly changing world jointly.”
“We condemn the provocations of the US and its satellites in the Taiwan Strait,” Putin assured during the meeting held in the Uzbek city of Samarkand.
Putin, who last met with Xi in Beijing three weeks before the start of the Russian military campaign in Ukraine, also stressed that Moscow supports the “One China” principle.
The Russian leader appreciated that Beijing has always maintained “a balanced position” on Ukraine. “We understand his questions and concerns, and during today’s meeting, of course, we will explain in detail our position on this matter, although we have already spoken about it before,” he said.
For its part, Xi was willing to work with the Kremlin to lead a changing world.
“Faced with the great changes of our time at a global level, never seen before in all of history, we are ready with Russian colleagues to set an example as responsible world powers and play a leading role in leading that rapidly changing world to a stable and positive development trajectory,” he indicated.
Xi, who called his Russian colleague a “dear friend,” noted that the two have maintained “strategic contacts” even during the coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, the Russian leader pointed out that “attempts to create a unipolar world have lately acquired a repugnant and absolutely unacceptable for most countries in the world.”
Putin and Xi will participate tonight in an official dinner on the eve of the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, led by Russia and China, and where Iran today signed a memorandum of accession.