Xi Jinping (left) and Vladimir Putin pose for a photo in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, on Thursday. AP
Sitting across from each other at two long rounded tables and flanked by aides, the two leaders met on the sidelines of a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in ex-Soviet Uzbekistan.
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The meeting was part of Xi's first trip abroad since the early days of the pandemic and for Putin a chance to show Russia has not been fully isolated despite Western efforts.
"China is willing to make efforts with Russia to assume the role of great powers, and play a guiding role to inject stability and positive energy into a world rocked by social turmoil," Xi told Putin at the talks.
Vladimir Putin meets with Xi Jinping in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, on Thursday. AFP
Chinese state broadcaster CCTV also quoted Xi as saying China was willing to work with Russia to support "each other's core interests".
Putin took a clear broadside at the United States, which has been leading efforts to support Ukraine and impose sanctions on Russia.
"Attempts to create a unipolar world have recently acquired an absolutely ugly form and are completely unacceptable," Putin said.
"We highly appreciate the balanced position of our Chinese friends in connection with the Ukrainian crisis," Putin told Xi, while reiterating Moscow's backing for China on Taiwan.
"We adhere to the principle of one China. We condemn the provocation of the US and their satellites in the Taiwan Strait," Putin said, after a US Senate committee on Wednesday took the first step towards Washington directly providing billions of dollars in military aid to Taiwan.
Kyiv’s Western allies have shown no interest in the plan: Russia; Zelensky will join an upcoming G7 summit in Japan via an online link following an invitation from Kishida, who visited Ukraine.
With President Vladimir Putin's forces tightening their grip on the strategically important city of Severodonetsk in the Donbas, its twin city of Lysychansk is now coming under heavier bombardment.
Zelensky lashed out at the West’s "ping-pong about who and how should hand over jets” and other weapons while Russian missile attacks kill and trap civilians.
Caretaker Information Minister Amir Mir confirmed Elahi's arrest, saying he was in his vehicle and "trying to flee" when he was arrested.
Social media users reacted strongly to the video and the villagers' predicament with comments slamming the concerned authorities for reneging on their promise to provide good rural connectivity.
The marriage of Crown Prince Hussein, 28, and Saudi architect Rajwa Al Saif, 29, drew a star-studded guest list including Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate, as well as US First Lady Jill Biden.
The authorities said that after the issuance of the visit visa, the tourist must enter the country within 60 days from the date of issuance, and the validity of the entry permit will be 30 days or 60 days, depending on the visa sought.