Chinese leader, Russian President to meet face-to-face next week

Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping

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# 07 September 2022 12:02 (UTC +04:00)

Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet on the sidelines of a summit in Uzbekistan next week, Russia's envoy to Beijing Andrey Denisov told reporters on Wednesday, APA reports citing Russian state news agency Tass.

The expected meeting at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit would be the first face-to-face between the two leaders, who have established a close relationship, since the Russian invasion of Ukraine earlier this year.

It would also be the first overseas trip for Xi since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, as China's uncompromising zero-Covid stance has significantly limited diplomatic travel for its top officials.