Putin, Xi to sign declaration as Russia-China ties enter ‘new era’: Kremlin

Hours after China’s foreign ministry announced that the Chinese leader Xi Jinping will embark on a three-day state visit to Russia, the Kremlin said that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Xi will sign a declaration as Russia-China ties enter ‘a new era’.

Xi Jinping will begin his Russia visit on Monday at the invitation of his Moscow counterpart Vladimir Putin.

The two leaders are expected to discuss the Ukraine crisis, as well as ways to boost bilateral ties. In February, China sought a comprehensive ceasefire in Ukraine in a 12-point plan issued on the first anniversary of the Russia-Ukraine war.

The Kremlin added that the two leaders would meet for an informal lunch on Monday and will hold formal talks on Tuesday.

“Contacts between the president and (Xi) will begin on March 20 in the afternoon. It will be a face-to-face conversation. There will be an informal lunch. And March 21 will actually be the day of negotiations,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

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According to the Kremlin, the negotiations will include a discussion of “current issues of further development of relations of comprehensive partnership and strategic cooperation between Russia and China.”

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