“I know that presidential elections will be held in your country next year. Thanks to your firm leadership, in recent years Russia has achieved significant results in the country’s prosperity. I am convinced that the Russian people will support you in every possible way in your ambitions.”This was stated by Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday (March 20).

Declaration “untypically from a foreign guest in the Kremlin”, says daily political columnist Moscow’s comsomolets Mikhail Rostovsky. While the International Criminal Court had just issued an arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin, the Chinese leader wanted to show that in his eyes this international justice was not unified, the author develops. Therefore, Xi Jinping did not hesitate to invite Putin to a forum in China, thus demonstrating his support.

But the Chinese president’s intervention goes further, according to Moscow’s comsomolets. Xi Jinping has just been reappointed for the third time as the head of the country, and Putin may also be comprehended in a year:

“The message from the Chinese leader is this: we have a long way to go and we will definitely go through it together.”

However, this proximity has never led to the use of the terms “alliance” or “alliance”, note most observers. “They always carefully avoid [ces notions]because it causes a restriction that is not in line with the Chinese approach.”writes geopolitical scientist Fyodor Lukyanov on the website of the newspaper dedicated to international relations, which he directs. Russia in global politics (RGP).

Literally and figuratively “bridges”

“The relationship between