Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to discuss Ukraine and Taiwan at the Uzbek summit.
The two leaders are in the ancient Silk Road city of Samarkand to attend a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), a regional security group formed by Beijing and Moscow as a counterweight to the influence wielded by the United States.
US would cross ‘red line’ if they supply Ukraine with HIMARS missiles: Russian foreign minister
Russia’s Foreign Ministry said that if the United States decides to supply Kyiv with longer-range missiles for US-made HIMARS systems in use by Ukraine, it would cross a “red line” and become “a party to the conflict”.
In a briefing on Thursday, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova added that Russia “reserves the right to defend its territory”.
No alternative to Russian gas: senior manager at Gazprom
A senior manager at the Russian energy giant Gazprom said there was no alternative to Russian gas for Europe.
Oleg Aksyutin, the deputy chief executive officer of Gazprom, also told a conference that no significant additional supplies of liquefied natural gas could be expected in the foreseeable future.
During the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Uzbekistan, the Russian president met with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.
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Russian foreign ministry says ammonia exports are blocked by Ukraine
Russia’s Foreign Ministry said that pipeline exports of ammonia, a crucial component of fertiliser, had been blocked by Ukraine.
Putin said a delegation of 80 large Russian companies would visit Iran next week
Putin will also meet Iranian, Kyrgyz, Pakistani, Turkmen and Uzbek leaders. On Friday, Putin is also set to meet the leaders of Azerbaijan and Turkey, the Kremlin said.
Putin tells Xi Jinping that Moscow backs Beijing’s ‘One China’ policy
Russia’s president told Chinese leader Xi Jinping that Moscow backs Beijing’s “One China” policy, opposes “provocations” by the United States in the Taiwan Strait, and said Russia values China’s “balanced position” on Ukraine.
The two leaders were meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Uzbekistan in their first face-to-face meeting since Russia launched its “special military operation” in Ukraine in February.
Putin slams attempt to create a ‘unipolar world’ at SCO summit
Russian President Vladimir Putin slammed attempts to create a “unipolar world” and praised China’s “balanced” approach to Ukraine as he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the SCO.
Holding their first in-person talks since the start of the Ukraine conflict, Putin took a clear line at the United States, saying: “Attempts to create a unipolar world have recently acquired an absolutely ugly form and are completely unacceptable.”