Putin confirms that he will attend the opening of the Winter Olympics

From February 4 to 20 of the same month of 2022, the Winter Olympic Games will be held and the presence of the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, was confirmed for the inauguration

The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, confirmed today that he will attend the inauguration of the Winter Olympics to be held in Beijing from February 4 to 20 next year, in a videoconference summit with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping.

The United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom announced a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympic Games for human rights violations in China, a measure that the European Union is also studying.

I am confident that in February next year we will finally be able to meet in person in Beijing. As we have agreed, we will hold negotiations. And then we will participate in the opening ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games“said the head of the Kremlin.

He stressed that Russia and China support each other on matters of international sports cooperation, including “rejecting any attempt to politicize sport and the Olympic movement.”

I have no doubt that the next Winter Olympics will be held at the highest level. In China they know how to do it“said the Russian president.

In turn, Xi indicated, according to the Russian translation, that he “eagerly awaits the Olympic meeting” with Putin.

“I am ready to go hand in hand with you, to open a new page together in Sino-Russian relations in the post-pandemic period,” the Chinese president said.

Russia, sanctioned for state doping, will participate in the Beijing Games under the flag of the Russian Olympic Committee and when its athletes climb to the top of the podium instead of the Russian anthem, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 will be heard.