Vladimir Putin has acknowledged China’s “concern” over Ukraine, in his first face-to-face talks with President Xi Jinping since the Russian invasion.
speaking in Uzbekistan, Mr Putin also thanked China for its “balanced position” and said US “attempts to create a unipolar world” would fail.
Mr Xi said China was willing to work together with Russia as “great powers”.
China hasn’t endorsed Russia’s invasion but has grown trade and other ties with Moscow since it was launched.
The two leaders’ meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Samarkand comes at a crucial point in the Ukraine war, as Russian troops lose ground in parts of the country.
Mr Putin and Mr Xi have met dozens of times over the years but their latest talks received particular scrutiny.