Chinese President Xi Jinping Arrives in Moscow to Meet with Russian President Putin Amid International Tensions
In breaking news overseas, Russian President Vladimir Putin is meeting with China’s leader, President Xi Jinping, in Moscow amidst international tensions and Putin’s recent arrest warrant for war crimes in Ukraine.
The visit is being cast as a show of friendship, cooperation, and peace by China, but for Russia, isolated over its war in Ukraine, it’s a major show of support as both countries keep a wary eye on America and NATO.
Putin’s recent arrest warrant has made headlines, including allegations of abduction of thousands of Ukrainian children to Russia.
Putin made a surprise visit to the occupied Ukrainian Port City of Mariopol last weekend, and on Saturday, he traveled to occupied Crimea to show business as usual despite the warrant.
While the arrest warrant could theoretically result in Putin’s arrest, it is unlikely to happen anytime soon.
Neither Russia nor China recognizes the jurisdiction of the international criminal court, and the United States has also not shown support for the warrant.
Putin will likely be seeking real weapons and ammunition from China during the visit, something that the US has explicitly warned against.
The visit from Xi Jinping comes at a time when Putin is facing increasing isolation and sanctions, making China’s show of support all the more important.
The talks are expected to touch on a range of issues, including the war in Ukraine, and could have significant implications for the ongoing conflict.