KABUL (BNA) Chinese President Xi Jinping is planning to travel to Russia to meet his counterpart Vladimir Putin and also speak with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, next week, according to people familiar with the matter.
The meetings with Mr Zelensky and Mr Putin come as China has been offering to broker peace in Ukraine, an effort that has been met with scepticism in the West, given China’s diplomatic support for Russia.
Russia’s Tass news agency reported on January 30 that Putin had invited Xi to visit in the spring. The Wall Street Journal reported last month that a visit to Moscow could take place in April or early May..
China’s foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the possibility of Xi going to Moscow and the Kremlin declined to comment.
Last month, Putin hosted China’s top diplomat Wang Yi on a visit to Moscow and signaled that Xi would travel to Russia.