(RoyalPatriot.com )- Chinese President Xi Jinping was in Moscow this week meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin who hosted a dinner for his “dear friend” Xi at the Kremlin just days after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Putin on war crimes charges, Reuters reported.
Xi’s visit to Moscow was denounced in Washington, with the US State Department saying that the trip’s timing was to provide “diplomatic cover” to Moscow.
The two presidents each greeted the other as “dear friend” while meeting at the Kremlin. According to Russian state-run news outlets, the two leaders later met for over four hours, with additional talks set for Tuesday.
In the televised greeting, Putin informed President Xi that he reviewed China’s proposals to resolve the conflict in Ukraine with respect and expressed envy for China’s “very effective system” for “strengthening the state” and “developing the economy.”
President Xi praised Putin’s “strong leadership” which he said has allowed Russia to make “great strides in its prosperous development.”
Xi’s visit to Moscow comes just days after the International Criminal Court issued a warrant for Putin’s arrest over the deportation of Ukrainian children from Russian-occupied territory.
Moscow denies that any children were illegally deported, arguing that it removed orphans from war zones for their protection.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken criticized President Xi for visiting Russia just days after the warrant was issued, saying that the visit shows that Beijing does not feel responsible for holding Moscow accountable for its “atrocities” in Ukraine. Blinken said that Beijing would prefer to provide “diplomatic cover” so Russia can continue committing war crimes.
Calling the partnership between Xi and Putin a “marriage of convenience” rather than affection, National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said China and Russia don’t have a “network of friends and partners” around the world the way the United States does, which is why Beijing and Moscow are “tightening their relationship now.”