First meeting between Russian and Chinese presidents in Samarkand after Ukraine conflict

Samarkand, Sep 16 (UNI) Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, in their first meeting since the start of the Ukraine conflict, reiterated their commitment to further strengthen their strategic ties in opposition to the West. The two leaders met with their delegations on the sidelines of the ongoing Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in the former Soviet Union country of Uzbekistan, reported Dawn news agency “AFP”. The meeting was part of Xi Jinping’s first foreign visit. In the early days of the pandemic, while the meeting was an opportunity for Vladimir Putin to show that Russia is not completely alone in the world, despite the efforts of the West. What can be done? In a conversation with Vladimir Putin, Mr. Xi Jinping said that China and Russia should work together as major powers and play a leading role in bringing stability and increasing positive energy in a world plagued by social chaos. Chinese state broadcaster “CCTV” also referred to Xi Jinping as saying that China, Russia are ready to work to protect each other’s core interests. Vladimir Putin explicitly criticized the United States, which is at the forefront of efforts to support Ukraine and impose sanctions on Russia. The Russian President said that we appreciate the balanced position of our Chinese friends in relation to the Ukraine crisis. On the occasion, Vladimir Putin also reiterated Moscow’s support for China on the Taiwan issue. Vladimir Putin said we are “one China”. In principle, we condemn US provocations in the Taiwan Strait and its satellite program. This is the first public meeting between the two leaders since Vladimir Putin met Xi Jinping in early February. The meeting took place on the sidelines of the Olympic Games, days before the Russian leader launched a military operation in Ukraine.