Putin, Xi Make Pancakes and Drink Vodka Together in Vladivostok

Putin, Xi Make Pancakes and Drink Vodka Together in Vladivostok

Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted China's Xi Jinping in Vladivostok - as well as the Japanese and South Korean leaders - at the three-day Eastern Economic Forum.

Donning blue aprons, the duo made a traditional Russian meal - pancakes, called blini, topped with red and black caviar and washed it down with shots of vodka!

Placing their historic rivalry on the back burner, the historic rivals projected a united front amid pressure from Washington, which is fighting a trade war with China and leveling new sanctions on Russian Federation.

As Donald Trump continues to up the ante on a trade war, with the USA president recently threatening to place tariffs on all Chinese exports to the United States, Beijing is moving to further solidify its already-close partnership with Russian Federation.

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The rapprochement has been driven by a strong personal relationship between Putin and Xi, seen as the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jingping displayed their cooking skills on the sidelines of an global economic forum. "I'm prepared to further deepen our exchange of views and our tight coordination, both today and in the future".

Russian President Vladimir Putin and China's Xi Jinping on Tuesday took a break from the heavy lifting of worldwide diplomacy to toss pancakes on the sidelines of an economic forum.

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