Xi and Putin meet and pledge to ‘inject stability’ in the world

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from The Washington Post,

Amid the global economic uncertainty triggered by Russia’s war on Ukraine, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged Thursday to “inject stability into a turbulent world.”

In a rare admission, Putin said he was aware of China’s “questions and concerns” about the war, but assured Xi he would address them all in their first face-to-face meeting since the Feb. 24 invasion.

Meeting on the sidelines of a summit for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in the Uzbek city of Samarkand, Xi said that China is willing to work with Russia to “demonstrate the responsibility of a major country to play a leading role and inject stability into a turbulent world,” according to Chinese state TV.

Xi also said China would support Russia’s core interests — which include Ukraine — as the two countries test the boundaries of their friendship disrupted by Russia’s setbacks in the invasion.

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