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Putin Acknowledges Xi’s ‘Concerns’ on Ukraine, Showing Tension

  • Chinese, Russian leaders hold first meeting since invasion
  • Beijing and Moscow earlier declared a ‘no limits’ friendship
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Russia's Putin, China's Xi Hold Talks in Uzbekistan
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Russian President Vladimir Putin told Chinese leader Xi Jinping he understands Beijing’s “questions and concerns” about his invasion of Ukraine, a rare admission of tensions between the diplomatic allies.   

In their first in-person talks since the war began, Putin hailed “the balanced position of our Chinese friends on the Ukraine crisis” and offered to “explain in detail our position” on Ukraine. In short televised comments at the start of the meeting, the Russian leader also blasted what he called “provocations by the US and its satellites in the Taiwan Strait.”