Russian President Vladimir Putin is accusing the West of trying to hold back the “development” of Moscow and Beijing, as Chinese leader Xi Jinping landed in the Kremlin on Monday for a three-day visit.
Putin, in an article published late Sunday night in the Chinese Communist Party’s People’s Daily newspaper, accused the Western world of conspiring to strangle Russia and China by “constantly working to divide the common Eurasian space into a network of ‘exclusive clubs’ and military blocs. This will hinder the development of our countries.” it would serve to hold.”
“This is not going to work,” he said, according to The Wall Street Journal.
“The crisis in Ukraine, which the West is actively fueling and provoking, is the most striking manifestation of its desire to maintain international supremacy and preserve the unipolar world order, but not the only one,” added Putin.
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Chinese President Xi Jinping is seen during an official welcome ceremony at the Vnukovo-2 government airport outside Moscow on Monday, March 20. Xi will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin starting today. (AP/RU-24)
The scathing remarks came just hours before Xi Jinping arrived in Moscow to visit Putin on Monday, after the International Criminal Court recently issued an arrest warrant for his involvement in the kidnapping of Ukrainian children.
China, on the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine this year, called for a ceasefire and released a 12-point “peace plan”.
“We welcome China’s willingness to make a significant contribution to the resolution of the crisis,” Putin wrote in the People’s Daily article, according to The Wall Street Journal.
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Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin are seen during a pre-meeting in Moscow in June 2019. (AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
“Russia-China relations have reached the highest level in their history and are gaining even more strength,” Putin said. “They surpass in their quality the military-political alliances of the Cold War era, they will not constantly command anyone and constantly obey, without limits and taboos.”
Xi will have lunch with Putin on Monday, followed by an informal one-on-one meeting, the BBC reported.
In his article published in the Kremlin’s Rossiyskaya Gazeta hours before the visit, Xi struck a softer tone.
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s motorcade departs from Vnukovo-2 government airport outside Moscow on Monday, March 20. (AP)
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“My visit to Russia will be a trip of friendship, cooperation and peace,” The Wall Street Journal quoted Xi as saying.
“Both countries firmly support each other’s path of development according to national realities,” Xi also said, noting that ties between Russia and China are based on the principles of “alignment, non-confrontation and non-targeting of third parties”.
Greg Norman is a reporter for Fox News Digital.