Moscow and Beijing have agreed to pursue ‘close coordination’ on international platforms such as the UN
beijing “respects” the actions of the Russian government in the midst of the “persistent crisis situation” in Ukraine, Chinese President Xi Jinping told President Vladimir Putin in a phone call on Friday, the Kremlin said.
The Russian President has “well informed” the Chinese leader on the reasons that prompted Putin to launch a military operation in Ukraine, the Kremlin said in a statement, adding that Moscow was also ready to send a delegation to Minsk to start talks with Ukrainian officials.
The two leaders shared their assessments of the situation on the international scene and agreed to pursue “coordinate closely” their actions and support each other at the United Nations and other international platforms, the statement said. The two also slammed “illegitimate sanctions used by some nations in their own selfish interests” by calling such actions “unacceptable.”
Putin and Xi also agreed that it was important to further improve “practical bilateral cooperation”. The phone call came a day after Russia launched its operation in Ukraine, which Putin said was seeking to “demilitarize” and “denazify” Ukraine.
On Thursday, Beijing accused the United States of stoking tensions that prompted Russia to launch its military operation and urged the international community to avoid “Fostering the Panic” on the situation. China’s reaction drew criticism from Washington as US President Joe Biden said Beijing’s reputation would be “defiled by association” for not denouncing Russia’s actions.
China hit back on Friday, saying it is nations that meddle in other states’ affairs that will see their reputations tarnished. He also said he understood Moscow’s desire “legitimate” security concerns.
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