Xi and Putin call for end to actions that “increase tensions” and prolong war in Ukraine
From CNN's Wayne Chang
Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin are calling for an end to actions that “increase tensions” and prolong the war in Ukraine, according to a readout released by Chinese state media People’s Daily of the two leaders meeting in Moscow Tuesday.
According to the readout, Russia spoke positively about China’s “objective and fair” stance on Ukraine and both sides opposed any country or group of countries harming the “legitimate security interests of other countries in pursuit of military, political or other advantages.”
Russia reiterated its commitment to resuming peace talks as soon as possible, which China appreciated, according to People’s Daily. Russia also welcomed China playing an “active role” in finding a solution to the conflict in Ukraine through political and diplomatic means, including some of the measures China proposed in its 12-point peace plan.
Both leaders said that the “legitimate security concerns of all countries” must be respected when it comes to how to end the war and attempts that “add fuel to fire” as well as “confrontation between blocs” must be prevented, the readout said.
Both sides also opposed any unilateral sanctions unauthorized by the United Nations Security Council.
Xi says he has built a "close relationship" with Putin over the past decade
From CNN's Xiaofei Xu in Paris and Wayne Chang in Hong Kong
Chinese President Xi Jinping said he has built a close relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the past 10 years.
"Since last year, the Sino-Russian comprehensive pragmatic cooperation has achieved great results. It continues to show that this cooperation has a solid base, is very complimentary and very tough," Xi continued, adding that trade volume between the two countries increased by 116% compared to a decade ago.
"China's peace plan can be taken as the basis for a peaceful settlement in Ukraine," Putin says
From CNN's Chris Liakos
China’s proposal for a peace plan in Ukraine, “can be taken as the basis for a peaceful settlement in Ukraine, when the West and in Kyiv are ready for it,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday.
"We believe in many of the points on the peace plan put forward by China,” he added.
Putin said he also discussed sanctions with his Chinese counterpart.
“China and Russia are against any states violating the interest of other countries for the sake of military, political or economic benefit,” Putin said.
Putin says he is "in constant contact" with Xi Jinping
From CNN's Chris Liakos
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that he is “in constant contact" with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping.
This “enables us to find any solutions even in the most difficult situation to all problems,” Putin said, calling China a “stable trade partner.”
China is the “leading destination for import of Russian oil,” he added.
Putin also said cooperation with China in nuclear energy is increasing.
Putin calls Xi Jinping a "friend" and describes all discussions in Moscow meetings as "successful"
From CNN's Chris Liakos
Russian President Vladimir Putin kicked off his speech to reporters following two days of meetings with his Chinese counterpart by calling Xi Jinping a “friend.”
“All our talks today, and yesterday in one-to-one format, and with delegations, were successful and took place in friendly atmosphere,” Putin said.
The two leaders moments earlier signed a joint declaration on deepening partnership.
“The two key statements we have just signed fully reflect the nature of Russian-Chinese relations, which are at their highest level of development and are an exemplary of a true comprehensive partnership and strategic cooperation. Russia and China are bound by strong ties of good neighborhood, mutual assistance and support between our nations. We maintain an active bilateral dialogue at all levels,” Putin said.
Putin and Xi sign joint declaration on deepening partnership
From CNN's Xiaofei Xu and Wayne Chang
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping have signed a joint declaration "on key aspects of the Sino-Russian economic cooperation plan by 2030," according to Chinese state media on Tuesday.
The two leaders took part in the document signing ceremony in the Malachite Hall at the Grand Kremlin Palace
The leaders emphasized that the Ukrainian crisis should be solved through peace talks, according to Chinese state news agency Xinhua.
US will send Patriot missile systems to Ukraine faster than originally planned, defense officials say
From CNN's Natasha Bertrand
Patriot missile defense systems are set to be deployed to Ukraine faster than originally planned, and a group of 65 Ukrainian soldiers will complete their training on the systems at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in the coming days, US defense officials said on Tuesday.
The troops will then move on to Europe for additional training on the two Patriot systems—one American, and one built by the Germans and Dutch— that will be deployed to Ukraine in the coming weeks, the officials told reporters at Fort Sill.
The acceleration of Patriot deployments comes the same day it was reported that the US will accelerate the time it takes to ship Abrams tanks to Ukraine by sending older M1-A1 models of America's main battle tank instead of the more modern version of the tank, according to two US officials.
“Our assessment is that the Ukrainian soldiers are impressive, and absolutely a quick study,” said Brig. Gen. Shane Morgan, the Fort Sill commander. “Due to their extensive air defense knowledge and experience in a combat zone, it was easier— though never easy—for them to grasp the Patriot System Operations and Maintenance concepts.”
The US military had allocated 10 weeks for the training, but the Ukrainians completed it in about 8 weeks. The training schedule was “aggressive,” a Fort Sill official said, with the Ukrainians training daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time.
Putin: Moscow is ready to support Chinese business to replace Western companies that left Russia
From CNN's Anna Chernova
Moscow is ready to support Chinese businesses in replacing Western companies that have left Russia since it launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday ahead of expanded talks with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
“We are ready to support Chinese business in replacing Western enterprises that left Russia,” Putin said.
Some background: Dozens of the world’s biggest companies abandoned or scaled back their operations in Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine. The exodus affected every corner of the economy, from its vast energy riches through autos, finance, retail, entertainment and fast food, starving Russia of new investment and removing products and services that had become popular in the decades since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Some high-profile exist were by Apple, Ford and BP. See the list here.
Putin says he held "substantive" and "frank" discussion with Xi
From CNN's Chris Liakos
Ahead of the start of scheduled expanded negotiations with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that the two leaders had “substantive” and “frank” discussions so far.
“Last night, we had a substantive conversation about the entire comprehensive agenda between our countries and the urgent international and regional problems,” Putin said in his opening statement.
Next, the two leaders are next going to have “a detailed examination of the practical aspects of our cooperation in various areas in extended meeting between our delegations,” Putin said, including a plan for the development of key areas of Russian-Chinese economic cooperation until 2030.
Additionally, Putin told Xi that Russia is “able to meet the growing demand of Chinese economy for energy resources.”