Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi praised Russia’s efforts to “prevent a large-scale humanitarian crisis” in Ukraine, saying that China-Russia relations “maintain the right direction of progress” amid the war in Eastern Europe.
Wang met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Anhui Province on Wednesday during Lavrov’s first visit to the country since the invasion of Ukraine began last month.
At the meeting, Wang expressed to Lavrov Moscow’s support for Beijing in its efforts to continue peace talks with Ukraine, saying the country “supports the efforts of Russia and other relevant parties to prevent a large-scale humanitarian crisis.”
Relations between China and Russia have come under international scrutiny in recent weeks like China appeared as an ally At a time when the rest of the world gathered to condemn the Russian President Russian President Vladimir Putin and punish the Russian economy.
On Wednesday, Wang said, “Sino-Russian relations have withstood the new test of changing international dynamics, maintained the correct direction of progress, and demonstrated strong momentum for development,” according to Wang. State media CGTN.
“In the long term, we must learn a lesson from the Ukrainian crisis, respect all legitimate concerns in accordance with the principle of indivisible security and mutual respect, and strive for long-term stability in Europe by building a balanced, effective and sustainable European security,” Wang told Lavrov.
CGTN reported that Lavrov told his Chinese counterpart that “Russia is dedicated to de-escalating tension and will continue to hold peace talks with Ukraine and maintain communication with the international community.”
Despite Russia vowing to “reduce” its military operations in Ukraine, Ukrainian and US officials have questioned whether Russian forces will move away from cities like the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.
After the meeting, the Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement confirming that Wang and Lavrov spoke about Ukraine, as well as Afghanistan – the country where China is hosting two days of meetings.
representatives from TalibanPakistan, Iran, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are also expected to attend the meeting in China.
The White House National Security Adviser said Jake Sullivan Tell CNN advance this month. “We will not allow this to go ahead and allow Russia to have a lifeline from these economic sanctions from any country anywhere in the world,” he added.
Taiwan officials said That China is committed to protecting Russia due to fears that losing the war in Ukraine could lead to the collapse of the country, with Russia effectively abandoning China in its efforts to form a strong front against Western countries.
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