China’s President Xi Jinping will meet Russia’s President Vladimir Putin next week for the first time since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, according to news agency reports. Putin and Xi plan to meet at a Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in the city of Samarkand in Uzbekistan, Russian Ambassador to Beijing Andrei Denissov announced Wednesday, according to RIA Novosti and Tass news agencies. Xi and Putin last met in person in early February at the opening of the Winter Olympics in Beijing. The SCO summit is scheduled for September 15-16. According to Tass, the meeting between the two leaders is scheduled for Wednesday, but further details were not initially available.
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