The Kremlin said on Friday that the Chinese President Xi Jinping will be in Russia from March 20-22 for a state visit after he was invited by President Vladimir Putin.

The Kremlin said in a statement that the two leaders will discuss topical issues of further development of comprehensive partnership relations and strategic cooperation between Russia and China,” adding, that a number of important bilateral documents will be signed.

Chinese Foreign Ministry affirmed the visit, indicating that President Xi Jinping will exchange points of views with his Russian counterpart on the international and regional issues.

This visit is considered the first visit by the Chinese president to Moscow since the start of the Russian-Ukrainian war in late February of last year.

The two presidents met last September on the sidelines of a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Uzbekistan, where they declared their intention to strengthen bilateral relations.

The visit comes as China once again called for a ceasefire in Ukraine and for peace talks between Moscow and Kiev as soon as possible.

China is generally committed to a neutral position in the war in Ukraine, but Beijing has expressed its serious willingness to intervene to resolve this crisis after it published a 12-point document last month urging Moscow and Kiev to enter into peace negotiations.

Relations between Russia and China have witnessed an escalating growth in the recent period, despite Western warnings of the role that Beijing might play in the course of the Russian-Ukrainian war. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency