Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin (file photo)
Russia and China are set to sign a set of bilateral agreements on May 24 during the Russian prime minister's trip to Beijing as the two giant neighbors pledge closer cooperation even as the West remains critical of their ties amid the war in Ukraine. Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin -- the highest-ranking Russian official to visit Beijing since the start of the war in Ukraine -- was holding talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Qiang, according to the Russian government. "As a result of the talks, a number of bilateral agreements is planned to be signed," Russian news agency Interfax reported. To read the original story by Reuters, click here .