September 13, 2022 14:10 GMT
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The Kremlin has confirmed that Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with his Chinese counterpart face to face for bilateral talks at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation leaders' summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan on 15 September.
- Kremlin says that Putin, Xi will discuss Ukraine and Taiwan. Says that 'China's approach to the Ukraine crisis is balanced'
- Kremlin states that the meeting is of 'special significance taking into account current global affairs'. Says that 'Russia-China trade and economic relations show sustainability', and will continue to gradually develop amid 'illegal Western sanctions'.
- Kremlin also confirms face-to-face bilateral with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the same event on 16 September. Set to discuss the Black Sea grain deal agreed w/Ukraine and the UN which needs to be rolled-over in November.
- Likely to be significant geopolitical interest in both of Putin's meetings. China seen as important partner of Russia, but Beijing's stance towards Moscow in the wake of Ukraine's recent successful counteroffensive remains to be seen.