Beijing has refused to condemn Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine and has instead sought to present itself as a neutral party and potential mediator while reaffirming its close ties to Moscow.
The highly-anticipated two-day visit is Xi’s first to the Russian capital since Putin launched his war against Ukraine in February last year.
Xi is also the first leader to meet the Russian president since the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for him on Friday.
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