The President of Russia will visit China

Russian President Vladimir Putin will participate in the Belt and Road Forum, to be held in October.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced his participation in the Belt and Road Forum, which will take place in China in October. The Russian leader will go to Beijing at the invitation of Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

Previous reports about Putin’s possible visit to the Chinese capital were thus confirmed. In July, Russian diplomat Yuri Ushakov told the TASS agency about this possibility. Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, stated in May that the Russian President would be the “chief guest” of the event.

Putin in Beijing

Putin was last in China three weeks before the start of the invasion of Ukraine, when the Winter Olympics were held in Beijing. In turn, Xi Jinping flew to Moscow in March 2023 and invited Putin to the forum.

At the end of August, Bloomberg reported on Putin’s planned trip to China. As noted in the publication, this will be the Russian president’s first foreign trip since the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for him in March 2023.

After the invasion of Ukraine, the Russian president only visited neighboring countries (Tajikistan, Turkmenistan) and Iran. He ignored other events and visits for fear of arrest.

Putin skipped the BRICS summit in South Africa and did not attend the G20 summit in India. In turn, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who announced that he expected a visit from the Russian president at the end of August, ultimately had to come to Russia in person to talk to the Russian president.

Putin’s arrest warrant

In March 2023, the International Criminal Court in The Hague issued an arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin. The president of Russia is accused of war crimes allegedly committed by Russian soldiers in Ukraine. According to the order, states that recognize the ICC’s jurisdiction are obliged to detain the Russian head of state when he enters their territory.

Source: Do Rzeczy