Hug between Putin and Xi comes as ‘no surprise’ to John Kirby

White House national security communications adviser John Kirby reacted Friday to a hug shared between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Kirby offered a cool response to the interaction, claiming it was “no surprise” to him that the two are close and said, “That’s nice for them.”

Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin embrace each other after an informal meeting in Beijing on Thursday, May 16, 2024. (Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

“What they have in common is a desire to challenge the international rules-based order, challenge the network of alliances and partnerships that the United States enjoys, and to try to look for ways to bolster each other’s national security interests as well,” Kirby said.

This show of affection came after President Joe Biden’s comparison between the two
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