Putin works to shore up alliances

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping have held their first face-to-face meeting since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine. They reaffirmed their ties amid tensions with Western leaders.

The leaders met during a summit of the economic and security group, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.

Putin told Xi that he greatly values the balanced position of China when it comes to the Ukraine crisis. He said that he understands China's questions and concerns, and that he will explain Russia's position.

Putin also said that Russia firmly supports Beijing's "One-China" policy. He accused the United States and its allies of taking provocative actions in the Taiwan Strait.

Xi told Putin, "In the face of changes in the world, times, and history, China is willing to work with Russia to demonstrate the responsibility of a major country, play a leading role and inject stability in a turbulent world."

Putin reached out to another friendly nation, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi. He announced that he is sending a delegation of 80 companies to Iran next week.

Iranian officials have signed an agreement putting them on track to join the organization as a full member.