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Putin holds first in-person talks with China’s Xi since invading Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with China's President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) leaders' summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, on September 15, 2022. (Alexandr Demyanchuk/Sputnik/AFP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with China's President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) leaders' summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, on September 15, 2022. (Alexandr Demyanchuk/Sputnik/AFP)

SAMARKAND, Uzbekistan — Russian President Vladimir Putin blasts attempts to create a “unipolar world” and praises China’s “balanced” approach to Ukraine, as he meets Chinese President Xi Jinping in Uzbekistan.

Holding their first in-person talks since the start of the Ukraine conflict, Putin takes a clear broadside at the United States, saying: “Attempts to create a unipolar world have recently acquired an absolutely ugly form and are completely unacceptable.”

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