MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin met with China’s protection minister on Sunday, underscoring Beijing’s strengthening engagement with Moscow, with which it has largely aligned its international coverage in an try to diminish the affect of america and different Western democracies.
Putin and Russian Protection Minister Sergei Shoigu met with Gen. Li Shangfu lower than a month after Chinese language chief Xi Jinping held a three-day state visit to Moscow.
China has refused to criticize Russia’s army actions in Ukraine and blames america and NATO for frightening Moscow. However China’s international minister stated final week that China would not be serving to Russia with weapons, because the U.S. and different Western allies have feared.
Formally, China stays impartial within the Ukraine battle. Nonetheless, Xi’s trip emphasised how China is more and more turning into the senior companion within the relationship because it offers Russia with political cowl and an financial lifeline in the course of the Ukraine battle.
In feedback opening the assembly, Putin praised the final growth of Russia-China relations.
“We’re additionally working actively via the army departments, usually exchanging info that’s helpful to us, cooperating within the subject of military-technical cooperation, conducting joint workouts, furthermore, in several theaters: within the Far East area, and in Europe, and at sea, and on land and within the air,” he stated, in line with the Kremlin.
Li stated that the nations’ relations “outperform the military-political unions of the Chilly Battle period. They relaxation on the rules of nonalignment, and are very steady.”