To address the sanctions, Putin and Xi intend to strengthen cooperation

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping confirmed on Wednesday their determination to strengthen economic cooperation in the face of the repercussions of Western sanctions imposed on Moscow over the military operation. in Ukraine.

“It was agreed to expand cooperation in the energy, finance, industry, transport and other sectors, taking into account the global economic situation complicated by illegal Western sanctions,” the Kremlin said. in a note.

development of military relations

He also added that the two presidents also discussed “the development of military relations”, as reported by the Agence France-Presse.

For his part, the Chinese president affirmed his country’s support for “Russia’s sovereignty and security”, underlining that “China is willing to continue to support Russia on issues that represent fundamental interests and raise great concerns, such as sovereignty. and safety “.

The last phone call announced between Xi and Putin dates back to the end of February, the day after the Russian military operation in Ukraine.

China did not condemn the Moscow operation

Interestingly, China refuses to use the term “invasion” to describe it since the operation began on February 24, and points the finger in the conflict against the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO ).

Similarly, Chinese authorities close to the Kremlin have refrained from condemning the Russian operation.

Three weeks before the conflict began, Chinese President Putin was received in Beijing on the sidelines of the opening of the 2022 Winter Olympics.

On that occasion they declared “friendship without borders” between their two countries and signed a series of agreements, especially in the gas field.

Interestingly, Russia and China inaugurated a new bridge across the Far East border on Friday, which they hope will help revive trade between the two countries. in one moment in which Moscow falters under the weight of harsh Western sanctions imposed on its war in Ukraine.

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