China remains on Russia’s side: Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping spoke for the first time since the end of February about the war in Ukraine.
Munich / Beijing – For the second time since the start of the Ukrainian war, the head of the Chinese state and party leader Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin have called each other. At a meeting on Wednesday (June 15), China said China’s Jinping promised its support to Russia. “China is ready to continue supporting the Russian side on issues related to major interests and major interests, such as sovereignty and security, and to intensify strategic cooperation between the two countries,” Si said. Beijing is also “ready to work with the Russian side to promote bilateral practical cooperation.”
A statement by the Chinese Foreign Ministry described the Ukrainian conflict as a “Ukrainian question”. “China has always considered the Ukrainian question and its merits, regardless of history, and has actively promoted world peace and stability in the global economic order,” Si Jinping said. “All parties should work for an appropriate and responsible solution to the Ukrainian crisis. China is ready to continue to play its proper role. “
China at war in Ukraine: Russian President Putin is now responding
According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Putin has pledged to “intensify multilateral cooperation with China and make constructive efforts to support a multipolar world and build a fairer and more reasonable international order.” Russia’s presidency said in Moscow, according to the AFP news agency, China and Russia want to strengthen their cooperation in the fields of energy, finance, industry and transport, among others. Putin and Si also discussed the “development of military relations.” Cooperation between the two parties should be strengthened “in view of the global economic situation, which has been complicated by illegal sanctions imposed by the West”.
Jinping and Vladimir Putin last made a phone call on February 25, the day after Russia invaded Ukraine. At that time, Jinping emphasized the “sovereignty of all countries”, but did not condemn the invasion. He also said that China supported Russia to “solve the problem through negotiations with Ukraine.” Si and Putin have previously met in person at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics and issued a joint statement against NATO’s eastward expansion.
China at war in Ukraine: Between Russia’s support and alleged neutrality
Although China has always claimed to be neutral in the conflict since the beginning of the aggressive war, the Beijing government has repeatedly sought to be close to Russia, emphasizing its “rock” friendship with the Kremlin. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi recently described his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, as an “old friend.” Beijing rejects Western sanctions on Russia, but observers say it does not help circumvent them. At a virtual EU-China summit in early April, Xi Jing accused the West of escalating the war in Ukraine. “The root cause of Ukraine’s crisis is regional security tensions in Europe, which have accumulated over the years,” said Xi Jinping.
At the same time, China has been negotiating more and more recently with the purchase of Russian oil. According to a Bloomberg report, Beijing buys Russian oil at a 35 percent discount compared to the current world market price. “We see that China will make good use of this situation in Russia’s weakness,” said EU Trade Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis. (sh)