Xi heads to Russia next week after China touts Ukraine peace plan

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By Eduardo Baptista BEIJING (Reuters) -Chinese President Xi Jinping will travel to Russia next week to hold talks with President Vladimir Putin, the two countries said on Friday, as Beijing touts a plan to end the grinding Ukraine war that has received a lukewarm welcome on both sides. Xi’s March 20-22 trip comes after China last month published a 12-point plan for “a political resolution of the Ukraine crisis” and after a senior Chinese diplomat called on Thursday for negotiations in a call with Ukraine’s foreign minister. The plan calls for the protection of civilians and for Russia and Ukra…

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