Putin and Xi set to meet on opening day of Beijing Olympics

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Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the opening day of the Winter Olympics in Beijing next month, Moscow said on Friday. “We are preparing for an official Russian-Chinese summit,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a press conference. Lavrov said the talks on February 4 would not just be between Putin and Xi, but would also feature “full-scale negotiations at the highest level” of the two governments. The face-to-face between two of the world’s most powerful leaders will be in stark contrast to the diplomatic boycott of the Games announce…

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