Putin gave an interview to the China Media Group (China Media Corporation) before his trip to Beijing. Key statements:
– Xi Jinping is a recognized world leader, unlike “temporary leaders” who come to the international platform “for five minutes.” Putin described the Chinese leader as thorough, calm, but businesslike and reliable.
– All the countries joining BRICS support the idea of creating a multipolar world. None of them wants to be on the sidelines of some sovereign.
Putin will visit China to participate in the One Belt, One Road forum and Russia-China talks. The Kremlin did not name specific dates for the visit, but the forum itself will be held in Beijing from October 17 to 18.