China touts ties with Russia, accuses US of being ‘main instigator of Ukraine crisis’


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Zhang Hanhui, China’s ambassador to Moscow, touted his country’s close relationship with Russia and blamed the United States for the “Ukrainian crisis” in an interview Wednesday with Russian news agency Tass.

“As the architect and main instigator of the Ukraine crisis, Washington, while imposing unprecedented comprehensive sanctions on Russia, continues to supply arms and military equipment to Ukraine,” Zhang told the agency. Russian press.

“His ultimate goal is to wear down and ruin Russia with a long war and a stick of punishment.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, at the Moscow Kremlin.
(REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina/Pool)

Putin launched an invasion of Ukraine on February 24 that killed at least 5,400 civilians and displaced more than 10 million people, according to the United Nations.

Five months into the war, fighting has intensified in the eastern region of Donbass as Ukrainian troops try to prevent Russia from gaining more ground.

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Putin has sought to strengthen relations with China ahead of the invasion, visiting Beijing during the Winter Olympics and saying in a 5,000-word joint statement with Chinese President Xi Jinping that the two countries’ partnership n has “no limit”.

“Under the strategic leadership of [China’s] President Xi Jinping and President [of Russia Vladimir] Putin, China-Russia relations have entered the best period in history, characterized by the highest level of mutual trust, the highest degree of interaction and the greatest strategic significance,” Zhang told Tass.

While China appears to support Putin’s reasoning for war, the country has so far refused to provide direct military assistance or help the Kremlin dodge sanctions, US officials said.

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The statements by the Chinese envoy to Russia come amid escalating tensions between the United States and China over Taiwan.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., visited Taiwan earlier this month, urging the Chinese military to hold live-fire military drills in the Taiwan Straits after it leaves.


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