President Vladimir Putin will also receive China’s top diplomat Wang Yi during his visit to Moscow on Wednesday. This was announced by the Russian presidential office. In an earlier conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Wang said he is looking forward to reaching new agreements with Russia during his visit. I left it open as to what this might be.
Wang said his aim is to strengthen and deepen Russia-China relations. Shortly before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine nearly a year ago, Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed on a comprehensive partnership. The rapprochement between the two major powers is viewed with skepticism in the West, as is China’s recently announced peace plan for Ukraine. The United States has warned China of Russia’s military support to Ukraine.
Something with the position paper
On the anniversary (February 24), Xi wants to present the position paper, which has been known only in outline so far. The foreign ministry in Beijing said it was about, among other things, “respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity”. Ukraine demands the complete withdrawal of Russian forces from its territory, including Crimea, as a precondition for talks with Moscow. (Apa, dpa, Reuters)
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