War in Ukraine, Taiwan… What Putin and Xi said to each other when they met in Uzbekistan

This is their first meeting since the start of the war in Ukraine. Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping met on Thursday, September 15, 2022 in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. The two leaders renewed their declarations of friendship and reaffirmed their desire to expand the partnership between their two countries.

The topics of the war in Ukraine and the American intervention in Taiwan were broached by the two leaders, who strongly criticized the positions of the West.

A “balanced position” of China in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin praised the “balanced stance” in Beijing in Ukraine, during their meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit.

The SCO, established as a counter to Western influence, unites China, Russia, four Central Asian states (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan) as well as India and Pakistan.

“Attempts to create a unipolar world have recently taken a completely ugly form and are completely unacceptable”Vladimir Putin told Xi Jinping.

“We appreciate the balanced position of our Chinese friends regarding the crisis in Ukraine”continued the Russian leader, whose country has been targeted by heavy Western sanctions over the invasion of Ukraine.

“We understand your questions and concerns. We will explain in detail our position on this matter.”added Vladimir Putin, without giving further details.

Beijing has neither supported nor criticized the Russian invasion, while repeatedly expressing its support for Moscow in the face of Western sanctions.

Putin condemns ‘US provocation’

During the interview, Vladimir Putin renewed Moscow’s support for Beijing in Taiwan, where visits by US officials in recent weeks have drawn anger from China.

“We condemn the provocation of the United States”said Vladimir Putin, stressing that Moscow adheres to the principle of“One China” who want Taiwan to become an integral part of Chinese territory.

They want to bring ‘strength and positive energy’ to the world

“I am convinced that our meeting today will give further impetus to strengthening the strategic partnership between Russia and China”added the Russian head of state.

This meeting comes at a time when their two countries are facing heightened diplomatic tensions with the United States. In this context, Moscow and Beijing have repeatedly shown their cooperation in recent weeks, for example taking part in joint military exercises.

“China is willing to work with Russia to shoulder the great responsibility of its power, play a leading role and inject stability and positive energy into a troubled world.”Xi Jinping stated

China is Russia’s main economic partner. Beijing-Moscow relations were strained during the Cold War, but the two countries have grown closer in recent decades to unite in the face of US influence. China has thus refused since the February 24 intervention to use the word “invasion” to describe the military operation launched by Moscow in Ukraine.

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