China and Russia condemned the “illegal and counterproductive” sanctions Western countries have imposed on Moscow over the war in Ukraine.
For the first time in China since the invasion more than a month ago, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held talks with his counterpart Wang Yi in the eastern province of Anhui. China has organized two days of consultations about Afghanistan in the city of Huangshan, which also includes the US, Pakistan and the Taliban.
Russia is turning to China for support as it becomes increasingly isolated from the world stage. The two ministers agreed to strengthen their “strategic partnership” and speak “with a common voice” on global issues. According to Lavrov, the two countries lead the way to a “fairer and more democratic world order”.
Wang noted that the mutual relationship has “passed the test of international turbulence”. He said there is “no limit to Sino-Russian cooperation and our efforts to achieve peace and ensure security”.