Those who had hoped that Xi Jinping might distance himself somewhat from Vladimir Putin during his visit to Moscow or even criticize the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine were again left disappointed on the second day of the state visit. Instead, it was Putin who expressed criticism after talks with Xi – namely of Ukraine. The Russian leader lamented Ukraine’s and the West’s unwillingness to accept China’s “peace plan”. The 12 points presented by Beijing in February could certainly serve as “a basis for the peaceful resolution of the conflict, when the West and Kyiv will be ready for it”, Putin explained.
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