Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping plan to attend the G20 summit in person, Bloomberg reported on Thursday.
“Xi Jinping will come. President Putin has also told me he will come,” the report quoted Indonesian President Joko Widodo as saying.
Meanwhile, the Chinese Foreign Ministry declined to comment on the news. The report highlighted that Xi Jinping had not left the country since the coronavirus pandemic started in 2020.
During a phone conversation on Thursday, Putin and Widodo discussed preparations for the G20 summit in Bali, among other things. The summit is to take place on the Indonesian island on November 15-16.
The Chinese Defense Ministry recently announced that China’s People’s Liberation Army will participate in the strategic command and staff exercise Vostok-2022 in Russia.
“In accordance with the annual plan for cooperation between the armed forces of the two countries and the bilateral agreements the PLA will soon delegate and send part of its forces to Russia for participation in the Vostok-2022 exercise,” the statement read.
The exercise will contribute to “friendly cooperation among the armed forces of all countries, as well as to increasing the level of strategic interaction by all parties and strengthen the ability to respond to various security threats.”
In the same vein, Moscow expressed support to China in warning U.S. President Joe Biden against “playing with fire” with regard to Washington’s stance on Taiwan.
“Undoubtedly, we are in solidarity,” Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. “We respect China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and think that no country in the world should have the right to question [it] or undertake any steps of instigative or other nature.”