Putin arrives in Beijing for China state visit as Ukraine war intensifies – live

The Russian president will meet Xi Jinping as part of a trip that Chinese state media has described a visit from an ‘old friend’

Full report: Putin arrives in China

Prior to his arrival in Beijing, Chinese state media outlet Xinhua published a long interview with Vladimir Putin in which he described meeting with Xi Jinping as a “dialogue between old friends”.

He also praises China in its initiatives to “resolving the crisis in Ukraine”.

Unfortunately, neither Ukraine nor its western patrons support these initiatives. They are not ready to engage in an equal, honest and open dialogue based on mutual respect and consideration of each other’s interests.”

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