Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, presenting him with Russian ice cream as a birthday gift.
“The [Russian] President praised the role of Xi Jinping in the development of bilateral relations and noted the success of his recent state visit of to Russia”, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated.
The Chinese president earlier reportedly said that during each of his visits to Russia he asks for some ice cream to take back home.
While Moscow and Beijing describe their ties as a strategic partnership, personal relations between two heads of state are also known to be friendly.
Earlier this month, Xi arrived in Russia to meet Putin and participate in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2019, so the Russian president personally organised an informal tour around his native city for his Chinese counterpart.
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