Kremlin denies reports that Xi refused to go to Russia

Kremlin denies reports that Chinese President Xi Jinping refused to go to Russia

Also in its response on July 5, the Kremlin responded to NATO’s launch of the membership ratification process for Sweden and Finland.

Russia said that the Defense Ministry had its own plans. “We are working on these plans to ensure our security,” Peskov said.

Peskov said Putin had also made an assessment of Finland and Sweden’s accession to NATO.

The Kremlin has denied reports that Chinese President Xi Jinping has turned down an invitation to visit Russia on the grounds of the COVID-19 outbreak, Japanese media reported.

“This is absolutely not true. The fact that there are still certain restrictions due to COVID-19 in China and this is completely normal, understandable,” Tass news agency quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying on July 5.