Lisa Haseldine Lisa Haseldine

Is Putin struggling to maintain his strongman image?

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China’s president Xi Jinping has arrived in Russia for the start of a three day state visit. The aim of the trip, according to the Chinese, is to strengthen relations between the two countries in a world threatened by ‘acts of hegemony, despotism and bullying’. 

Xi and Putin will meet in person this afternoon, before holding bilateral talks tomorrow.

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