Vladimir Yakunin, chairman of the Dialogue of Civilizat

tions Research Institute, said that against the backdrop of growing globa

l discord, Xi’s visit demonstrates the strategic relationship of the two countries.

During Xi’s visit, the two leaders will attend a series of events commemorating the 70th anniversary of the establishment of bilater

al ties, which will include the official opening ceremony of a panda facility at Moscow Zoo, Zhang said. A pair of gia

nt pandas were delivered to Moscow Zoo in April for research cooperation.

St. Petersburg State University, Putin’s alma mater, will award Xi an h

onorary doctorate during the visit, Zhang said. P

utin was granted the same honor by Tsinghua University, Xi’s alma mater, in April.

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