Putin said relations between the two countries had reached “new ground” and confirmed a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The warmth of Russian-Chinese relations is reflected in the Kremlin as President Vladimir Putin met with China’s top diplomat, Wang Yi, and praised the importance of cooperation between the two countries.
An image shows Wang and Putin shaking hands and sitting across the table from each other during a meeting on Wednesday. Some people seemed relaxed when I walked with them.
The king’s visit to Moscow came at the end of a tour of many European countries. Almost a year after Putin ordered the army It invaded neighboring Ukraine and started a conflict that killed thousands and forced millions to flee. Ukrainian towns and cities in ruins.
The war has also widened the divide between Russia and the world’s liberal democracies, with mostly Western powers supporting Ukraine and imposing sanctions on Moscow. .
“In this context, cooperation between the People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation in the international arena is of particular importance for stabilizing the international situation,” Putin said, referring to rising international tensions. .
He said relations between the two countries had reached “new ground” and confirmed that Chinese President Xi Jinping could visit Moscow soon for a summit.two men met dozens of times Since Xi Jinping became president of China.
The invasion, which Moscow calls a “special military operation,” took place shortly after Xi and Putin met in China to confirm an “unlimited” partnership, but Beijing blamed Moscow for the war. not
The United States and NATO recently expressed concern that China might provide weapons and other support to Russia’s war, but China denies any such plans.
Wang stressed that both Moscow and Beijing support “multipolarization and democratization of international relations.”
“China-Russia relations are not directed at third countries and we will never be under pressure from third countries,” he said.
Earlier Wednesday, Wang held talks with Russia’s foreign minister. “Our relationship continues to develop dynamically, and despite the intense turmoil on the global stage, we have shown that we are ready to speak out to protect each other’s interests.” Lavrov said.
Wang responded kindly, emphasizing Beijing’s focus on deepening relations with Russia. Russia’s foreign ministry said there had been no discussion of China’s alleged peace plan against Ukraine.
By “provoking” the Kremlin, China agreed with Moscow’s claim that the US and NATO should be held accountable for the conflict.
Russia, on the other hand, has been adamant in supporting China in tensions with the United States over Taiwan and other issues. Northwestern Xinjiangwhere the United Nations found that crimes against humanity may have been committed.
Still, some analysts say China has stressed its close ties to Moscow as it needs to boost its economy after a long lockdown of the now-defunct coronavirus zero policy. said it was also wary of escalating tensions with Western countries.
Yu Jie, a senior research fellow for China in the Asia-Pacific program at British think tank Chatham House, said in comments published Wednesday that “Isolation from the West is a risk[for Beijing]to take.” It’s not what I want,” he said.
“President Xi Jinping and his colleagues have begun to realize that there are considerable limits to cooperation with Russia in order to avoid undermining China’s own political priorities and long-term economic interests.”
The war in Ukraine began on February 24 last year, making it Europe’s largest land conflict since World War II.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres condemned the Russian aggression as a violation of the UN Charter and international law at a meeting of the 193-member UN General Assembly Wednesday marking the first anniversary of the war.
The UN General Assembly is scheduled to vote later on Thursday on a resolution submitted by Ukraine and its supporters, voicing the “need to reach as soon as possible a comprehensive, just and lasting peace” in line with the UN Charter. is emphasized.
Guterres said the charter was “clear” and that “all member states shall refrain in international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or the political independence of states.”
Ukraine and its supporters hope to deepen Russia’s diplomatic isolation by securing about three-quarters of parliamentary support.
Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzia, told parliament that Moscow had “no other choice” than to “ensure the safety and security of our country through military means”.