Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed President Xi Jinping to Moscow for a state visit and says the pair will discuss Beijing’s Ukraine peace proposal.

Iran PressEurope: China’s Xi told Putin in talks at the Kremlin that he was “convinced” that Putin enjoyed the Russian people’s support ahead of a presidential election scheduled for next year.

“I know that next year there will be another presidential election in your country,” Xi told Putin through an interpreter, according to Al Jazeera.

“Thanks to your strong leadership, Russia has made significant progress in achieving the prosperity of the country in recent years. I am sure that the Russian people will strongly support you in your good endeavours.”

Xi also called Putin his “dear friend”, and Putin used the same term with his guest.

The Chinese president also thanked Putin for what he said was his support for China and said that Beijing should have close relations with Moscow.

Putin told Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Kremlin that he had looked at China’s proposals for a resolution of the Ukraine conflict and that he viewed them with respect.

Speaking at informal talks at the start of Xi’s state visit to Moscow, Putin also said that Russia was “slightly envious” of China’s rapid development in recent decades.


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