Putin gave this ‘chilly’ gift when he was welcomed by Xi at an official government guesthouse in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou.

"I promised to bring it for you. And I've brought you a whole box of ice cream," Putin said.

Xi also thanked Putin for giving him a tub of ice-cream whenever he visits Russia.

"Every time that I come to Russia, I ask them to buy me Russian ice cream. And after, we eat the ice cream at home," said Xi, according to comments provided by the Russian delegation.

"The fresh cream you have is the best, that's why your ice cream is particularly delicious. I like it a lot," he added.

Xi also said that that the two countries should cooperate more closely on international and regional issues, as well as resolutely safeguard the principles of the UN Charter, the basic norms of international relations, and international equity and justice to promote peace, stability, and prosperity.

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