Following the discussion with Xi, Putin praised Beijing’s recently unveiled 12-point peace roadmap for Ukraine, according to RT.
“We believe that many of the provisions of the peace plan put forward by China are consonant with the Russian stance and can be taken as a foundation for a peaceful settlement when they are ready for it in the West and in Kiev. However, so far we have not observed such readiness on their part,” Putin stated, RT reported.
The two leaders first met behind closed doors, with a number of top Russian officials present, including Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Security Council Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev, and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu.
According to RT, the conference was followed by another round of talks with larger delegations that included additional government ministers and executives of Russian state businesses.
Xi and Putin met behind closed doors for nearly five hours on Monday.
President Xi’s visit to Russia is his first since the commencement of the Moscow-Kiev conflict, as well as his first overseas journey since securing an extraordinary third term as China’s leader.
The two nations have restated their determination to develop a multipolar world and enhance their connections, defined as a “strategic alliance”. According to Xi, strengthening ties with Russia is “a strategic choice China has made based on its own basic interests and global trends,” RT stated.