During his visit to Beijing, Russian Prime Minister Mishustin says pressure from the West is strengthening ties with China

BEIJING: Western pressure is increasing Russia’s relations with Chinarussian prime minister Mikhail Mishustin said during a meeting with his Chinese counterpart in Beijing on Wednesday.
Mishustin’s visit comes as Russia increasingly looks to China for diplomatic and economic support amid growing isolation on its invasion of ukraine.
In his opening remarks during his Wednesday meeting with Chinese Premier Li Qiang, Mishustin did not mention the 15-month-old war that China, out of respect for Moscow, has refused to criticize, instead focusing on economic cooperation. between neighbors who have come together to challenge American leadership in world affairs.
Relations between the two countries are “at an unprecedented level”, influenced by “increasing turmoil on the international scene and the sensational pressure pattern of the collective West”, Mishustin said.
China claims to be a neutral party between Russia and Ukraine and wants to help broker an end to the conflict. But he accused the West of provoking Moscow and maintained strong diplomatic and trade ties with Russia in opposition to sanctions against him.
China’s special envoy meets Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and other government officials at talks in Kyiv this month. The visit follows a phone call last month between the Ukrainian leader and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping that Zelenskyy called “long and meaningful” and marked the first known contact between the two since the start of the Russian invasion. .
Beijing released a peace plan in February, but Ukraine’s allies have largely rejected it, insisting that Putin must withdraw his forces. Zelenskyy’s own 10-point peace plan includes a tribunal to prosecute Russia’s war crimes.
While avoiding conflict, Mishustin highlighted Russia’s role as an oil and gas supplier to China and their ties formed as initial allies among communist nations.
“The peoples of Russia and China cherish their history, rich culture and traditions. We support the development of our culture, our exchanges and our communication,” said Mishustin.


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