China’s Xi Jinping to visit Moscow from Monday to Wednesday

Chinese president Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to visit Moscow from Monday to Wednesday next week in an apparent show of support for his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

According to prior reports, Putin planned to show Xi Jinping the Moscow metro’s Great Circle Line.

“In terms of its length, the 70-kilometre BCL has become the world’s largest underground metro ring, overtaking our friends in China – the current leader, the Beijing metro ring line. We will meet with the President of the PRC, if the program allows, we will be happy to show [BCL] to our guests In any case, I think it will be possible to show the delegations,” Putin said at the ceremony of launching traffic along the entire Big Circle Line of the Moscow metro.

Meanwhile Polish President Andrzej Duda on Thursday said Warsaw would deliver MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine, in what would be the first such shipment by a NATO member. Read our live blog to see how all the day’s events unfolded.

China peace plan for Ukraine war

China, which vowed a “no limits” partnership with Russia just before Moscow pushed tens of thousands of troops into Ukraine a year ago, advocated a total cease-fire in Ukraine while promoting its own peace initiative.

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“We are paying a great deal of attention to the plan of our Chinese friends,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday. “Of course, the details need to be painstakingly analysed taking into account the interests of all the different sides. This is a very long and intense process.”

One year into the conflict in Ukraine, China has warned the UN that “brutal facts offer an ample proof that sending weapons will not bring peace”; this declaration comes only days after the United States and NATO asked Beijing to refrain from aiding Moscow militarily.