Kremlin reveals Putin/XI Jinping summit – first in-person meeting for two years

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin will hold a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Friday, before the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, the Kremlin has announced.

The meeting comes at a dramatic time as several major Western countries, including the US, have declared a diplomatic boycott over China’s alleged human rights record and while Russia is facing significant pressure from NATO over claims it plans to invade eastern Ukraine – something which Moscow vehemently denies.

No press conference has been scheduled and only a short introductory part of the negotiations will be made public.

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