Chinese President Xi Jinping had a phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday and according to Chinese state media, Beijing said it would continue to support Moscow on “sovereignty and security”. China’s state broadcaster CCTV said Xi had made it clear that China was “willing to continue offering mutual support (to Russia) on issues concerning core interests and major concerns such as sovereignty and security.” “. Since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, China has refused to condemn their actions and according to a number of reports they have been buying oil and natural gas from the Kremlin.
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CCTV further reported that Xi was pleased with the “good development momentum” in China-Moscow relations and promised to “intensify strategic coordination.”
According to AFP, this was the second call between the two world leaders since the start of the invasion of Ukraine. China has made it clear that it wants to “strengthen its communication” with Russia on a number of international organizations and Xi said in the call that it is “pushing the international order and global governance towards more development. fair and reasonable”.
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AFP also reported that Xi invited Putin to the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics in early February. The two presidents have shared a cordial relationship over the years and amid the crisis in Ukraine, China remains a strong ally of Russia despite multiple warnings from the United States and other major Western nations.
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