In light of the growing global tension, the Presidents of Russia and China, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping, respectively, held a telephone conversation on Thursday (8). During the call, the two sides expressed their common rejection of US interference in the internal affairs of other countries. This was announced by Kremlin President's Advisor Yuri Ushakov.
A more equitable, multipolar world: the goal of Putin and Xi Jinping
According to Ushakov's account, Putin and Xi Jinping declared that their countries' goal was to create a “fairer multipolar world order.” Moreover, the Kremlin spokesman stated that the two leaders of the Eurasian giants will continue to maintain “close personal interaction,” although there are no plans for mutual visits at the moment.
Discussions about Ukraine, the Middle East and bilateral trade
Other relevant topics on the agenda of the discussion between Putin and Xi include the situation in Ukraine and the resolution of conflicts in the Middle East. The two presidents agreed to maintain bilateral contacts on these matters, but avoided providing additional details.
Expanding trade between Russia and China was also on the agenda, after it crossed the $200 billion mark last year. Ushakov stressed that the two countries will seek to develop joint projects in the energy sector, despite the pressures and sanctions imposed by the West.
These statements illustrate a new dynamic in international politics, where Putin and Xi's initiative to seek a “multipolar and fairer world” represents a clear challenge to US influence.