China's Xi Arrives in Moscow for Meeting with Putin
He was greeted at the airport by a band - not the president
As Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived on Monday afternoon in Moscow, he was greeted at Vnukovo airport by a Russian military band, but not by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"I am very glad, at the invitation of President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, to come back to the land of our close neighbor … I am sure my visit will be fruitful," Xi said, according to Russia's government-run TASS News Agency.
Xi's visit with Kremlin officials amounts to China's most visible show of support for its neighbor since Russia's invasion of Ukraine began in February 2022.
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