Earlier on Thursday, the Russian delegation inaugurated the second session of the interparliamentary commission on cooperation of the Russian Federal Assembly and the Chinese National People's Congress.
"I am eagerly waiting for [Putin’s] visit to our country next month, in June. I will be very glad to take part in the SCO [Shanghai Cooperation Organization] summit in Tashkent together [with the Russian president]," Xi said at a meeting with Russian parliamentary speaker Sergei Naryshkin in Beijing, referring to the SCO summit in the capital of Uzbekistan on June 23-24.
The Chinese leader expressed hope that Russian-Chinese interparliamentary cooperation will have a positive effect on the bilateral relations.
"I really hope that our interparliamentary cooperation will play a part in developing Russian-Chinese relations, cooperation and partnership in the future," the Chinese president said.