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    President Putin REVEALS How He Finished His Meeting With Xi After Midnight

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    St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2019 (41)

    President Xi Jinping arrived in Moscow on Wednesday, beginning a state visit to Russia in order to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and take part in the ongoing St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2019.

    Vladimir Putin joked on Friday that he had not treated his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping "like a hospitable host". According to the Russian president, he had a long dialogue with the Chinese president that lasted until midnight; however, at this point he had to send his guest to have a rest.

    "I have to apologise to you, but I have to send you to have a rest. Hosts don't treat their guests like that", Putin said.

    The Russian head of state noted that such a long conversation meant that the two sides had a big agenda to discuss.

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    The Chinese president has been in Russia for his third day, as he arrived for an official visit in order to take part in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2019.

    The SPIEF is a leading international business event and a platform for discussing key economic issues in Russia, countries with emerging economies, and the entire world.

    The forum's annual attendance is estimated at nearly 10,000 participants from Russia and abroad, including heads of states and governments, corporate leaders, as well as scholars, media workers, and civil society representatives.

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