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Xi Unlikely to Throw Putin a Lifeline as Ukraine Struggles Mount

  • Xi, Putin set for first meeting since war on Thursday
  • China has resisted offering material support for Russia’s war
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China's Xi to Meet Russia's Putin During First Trip Abroad Since Pandemic
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Shortly before invading Ukraine in February, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping declared a “no limits” friendship. Yet even as his forces suffer humiliating losses on the battlefield, Russia’s president shouldn’t expect much help at his first meeting with his Chinese counterpart since then.

Xi and Putin meet face-to-face in Uzbekistan on Thursday in their first sitdown since a Beijing meeting before the Winter Olympics that yielded a lengthy joint statement of more than 5,000 words. In it, they vowed to have “no ‘forbidden’ areas of cooperation” in challenging the US-led global order and pushing for a multipolar world.