The ties between two global powers are strengthening. Russian president Vladimir Putin has confirmed that he will be making a trip to China next month to further the alliance.
According to Putin, Xi’s vision is fully in line with the interests of both nations, as it “integrates our ideas about the creation of a greater Eurasian space.”
October’s trip will further solidify the relationship between Moscow and Beijing as global war tensions rise. Nikolay Patrushev, the secretary of the Russian Security Council, said that during October’s visit, Putin would meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, according to a report by RT. Speaking at a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday, Putin touted his last sit-down with Xi, which took place in March, as “extremely successful” and “groundbreaking,” noting that it had given a strong impetus to bilateral relations.
The Russian president said that he “was happy to accept the invitation” from Xi to visit China this October as part of the Chinese leader’s push to promote his Belt and Road Initiative, which he said has already gained international acclaim.
Putin’s last visit to China was in February 2022, shortly before the Ukraine conflict began. At the time, the two leaders stressed that the “friendship between the two states has no limits,” and “there are no ‘forbidden’ areas of cooperation.” Since the start of hostilities, China has refused to join Western sanctions against Russia, blaming NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) expansion for the crisis.
According to the Kremlin, the specific dates are not being provided just yet. Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said that the groundwork for the trip was already being laid previously.