Following a week of shocking Russian losses on the ground, Russian President Vladimir Putin surprised everyone on Thursday by acknowledging that Chinese President Xi Jinping was concerned about the situation in Ukraine.
China has taken a cautious stance in the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, criticizing Western sanctions on Russia but refraining from praising or assisting in the military campaign.
“We highly value the balanced position of our Chinese friends when it comes to the Ukraine crisis,” Putin told Xi at their first meeting since the war began.
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