Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese ally, Xi Jinping, will meet next week during a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Uzbekistan.
American Military News reports:
Russian state media quoted officials as saying the summit will take place during the SCO meeting in the Uzbek city of Samarkand on September 15-16.
“We are actively preparing for it,” Russian Ambassador to China Andrei Denisov told reporters, according to the TASS news agency.
The two leaders last met in February, just before Moscow launched its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.
China has tried to walk a line between criticizing Russia for the war and avoiding breaking international sanctions imposed on Moscow for its aggression.
According to the report, “Beijing has blamed the United States and NATO for provoking Moscow and has condemned the punishing sanctions imposed on Russia. In turn, the Kremlin has backed China amid rising tensions with Washington that were exacerbated by a recent visit to Taiwan by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.”