Putin, Xi to talk about US ‘aggressive’ rhetoric in video call: Kremlin
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Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to discuss tensions with the United States and NATO over Ukraine with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at a virtual summit on Wednesday that is expected to further strengthen their relationship.
The Kremlin has said “aggressive” rhetoric from the United States and NATO will be one of the main topics discussed, Reuters reported.
Russia and China have expressed frustration at what they see as Washington’s unwanted reach into their own regional issues. Putin has expressed concern about what he sees as strengthening NATO near his own border, while Xi’s government has warned the United States not to get involved in its territorial dispute with Taiwan.
President Biden warned Putin on an appeal last week that Russia would face painful sanctions that would cause resounding economic damage if it invaded Ukraine again. Last month, Biden Biden and Xi spoke of clear communication as the key to long-term diplomatic relations.
“At present, China and the United States are at critical stages of development, and humanity lives in a global village, and we face multiple challenges together,” Xi said.
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Biden called for “common sense safeguards” to prevent disputes from escalating into conflict and for collaboration on climate change and other “vital global issues.”
Thomas Barrabi of Fox News and Associated Press contributed to this report
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