Putin meets Xi on his birthday during CICA summit in Tajikistan
Updated 07:48, 17-Jun-2019

Russia President Vladimir Putin met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on his 66th birthday on Saturday morning as the two leaders gathered in Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe for the fifth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA).

Putin met Xi at the hotel where he was staying with a set of birthday gifts, including a cake iced with Chinese and a box of Russian ice cream, and praised Xi's role in promoting Russia-China relations. Xi thanked Putin and sent him Chinese leaf tea in return, saying Putin is very welcomed and popular in China.