As Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping met in Moscow today, Putin accused the West of attempting to curb Russia and China's progress. In an article published by the People's Daily newspaper, he asserted that the Western world is trying to divide the Eurasian space into military blocs to contain the two countries' development. Putin went on to say that the crisis in Ukraine, which he believes is being fueled by the West, is a "manifestation of its desire to retain its international dominance and preserve the unipolar world order." [tweet_embed]March 20, 2023[/tweet_embed] In response, Xi, in an article published in the Kremlin's Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper, asserted that his visit to Moscow is a "journey of friendship, cooperation, and peace." He also noted that the relationship between Russia and China is based on principles of "nonalignment, nonconfrontation and nontargeting of third parties." Putin, in his article, welcomed China's willingness to contribute to the resolution of the Ukraine crisis and declared that the Russia-China ties had reached their highest level ever, surpassing Cold War-time military-political alliances in terms of quality. The meeting between the two leaders, which included a formal one-on-one encounter and a lunch, comes as the International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Putin over his alleged involvement in the abduction of Ukrainian children. As the two countries continue to strengthen their ties and collaborate on global issues, the West remains wary of the potential of a new Eurasian power bloc. Despite this, both Putin and Xi have stated their commitment to cooperation and peace, and it is likely that their relationship will continue to deepen in the coming months and years.