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Putin was the inaugural global statesman to felicitate Xi Jinping on his re-ascension to a third term.


Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated Xi Jinping on his re-election as President of the People’s Republic of China. In a congratulatory telegram, published on the Kremlin website it is said that Moscow and Beijing will continue to coordinate joint work on the most important issues on the regional and international agenda.

“The decision of the National People’s Congress of China is proof of the recognition of your merits as head of state, as well as the broad support for the path you are pursuing for the socio-economic development of China and protection of national interests on the world stage,” the Russian leader said in a telegram.

Putin also noted that Moscow highly values ​​Jinping’s personal contribution “to strengthening the relationship of comprehensive partnership and strategic cooperation” between China and Russia.

The president said he was confident that by acting together, the two countries would ensure “the construction of fruitful Russian-Chinese cooperation in various fields”.

“We will continue to coordinate joint work on the most important issues on the regional and international agenda,” Putin said.

He also wished the President of the People’s Republic of China success in his state activities, good health and prosperity.

On March 10, deputies of the National People’s Congress (NPC) re-elected Xi Jinping, 69, president of the People’s Republic of China. He became the first president in Chinese history to be elected for a third term. The vote took place during the third plenary session of the first session of the 14th NPC. 2,952 people took part. The decision was taken unanimously.

At the end of February, the Wall Street Journal wrote that Xi Jinping intended to visit Russia in the coming months and meet with the Russian president. According to WSJ sources, the Chinese president’s meeting with Putin should become an “impulse” for the holding of multilateral peace talks on Ukraine. In addition, the visit will allow Beijing to reiterate its calls for the inadmissibility of the use of nuclear weapons, according to the newspaper.

The publication’s interlocutors said preparations for the Chinese leader’s visit are still in the early stages, with dates yet to be finalized. According to sources, Xi Jinping could come to Russia in April or early May.

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