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Putin-Xi talks were very successful: Kremlin aide

White House jokes about Putin, Xi meeting

Published : Sunday, 19 May, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 217

MOSCOW, May 18: The Beijing talks between President Vladimir Putin of Russia and Xi Jinping of China were very successful, Kremlin Aide Yury Ushakov told TV journalist Pavel Zarubin.
"The environment was very friendly and the leaders were in a good mood. They held a very successful conversation so when a small group of us sat down to lunch, the atmosphere was completely relaxed. This kind of atmosphere helps people understand each other better, making jokes and telling stories. Basically, the chemistry got stronger," Ushakov said in an excerpt of an interview posted on Zarubins Telegram channel.
Putin made a state visit to China on May 16-17. His talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping, which took place at the Zhongnanhai government residence in Beijing, were followed by an informal lunch.
The leaders were joined by several members of their delegations, including Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Defense Minister Andrey Belousov, Security Council Secretary Sergey Shoiug and Presidential Aide Yury Ushakov.
Meanwhile, the White House said Friday that it had not seen any surprising advance in relations between China and Russia despite Vladimir Putin exchanging a hug with Xi Jinping on a visit to Beijing.
"Exchanging hugs? Well, thats nice for them," National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told a briefing when asked about the significance of photos showing the two US adversaries locked in an embrace. "Im not good at talking about personal human bodily affection one way or the other. I think Ill leave it to these two gents to talk about why they thought it was good to hug one another," said Kirby, a naval admiral known for his dry remarks from the podium.     —TASS, AFP

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