China’s Xi leaves Moscow after summit with Putin

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Xi Jinping left Moscow on Wednesday after a summit with Vladimir Putin that the two leaders hailed as a “new era” in their relationship, Russian news agencies reported.

The Chinese president’s plane left Moscow’s Vnukovo airport after being seen off by a guard of honor who played the Russian and Chinese national anthems, the RIA Novosti news agency said.

High-ranking Russian government officials attended the send-off.

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Putin and Xi hailed a “new era” in their relationship during the visit and discussed Beijing’s proposals to end the Ukraine conflict.

Western countries have said China’s peace proposals could enable Moscow to freeze much of the territory it has seized in Ukraine.

Xi’s Moscow visit has been viewed as a boost for Putin, who is subject to an International Criminal Court warrant over accusations of unlawfully deporting Ukrainian children.

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