Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday hailed Russia’s “model” relations with China in a name with Chinese chief Xi Jinping and confirmed he would attend Beijing’s Olympics, as each nations face growing criticism from the West.
The video name got here days after G7 overseas ministers mentioned Moscow’s sabre-rattling towards Ukraine and Beijing’s crackdowns in Hong Kong and Xinjiang.
“In February we will finally be able to meet in person in Beijing,” Putin mentioned in a nationwide tv broadcast of the dialog after he mentioned he would attend the Games, calling Xi his “dear friend”.
“China-Russia relations have withstood all kinds of stern tests, and are showing new dynamism and vitality,” Chinese state information company Xinhua reported Xi as saying.
The United States, Britain, Canada and Australia will not be sending political representatives to the Olympics over China’s abuse of Uyghurs and different largely Muslim minorities in Xinjiang.
Beijing and Moscow denounced the diplomatic boycott and Putin on Wednesday mentioned each leaders opposed “any attempt to politicise sport and the Olympic movement”, a criticism Russia has repeatedly levelled on the West.
Russia was discovered to have used a state-backed doping programme on the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi and was banned from worldwide competitions afterwards.
Russian athletes are allowed to compete as neutrals — with out the Russian flag or anthem — if they will show their doping file is clear.
Russian officers together with Putin are banned from attending worldwide competitions except invited by the top of state of the host nation. Xi has invited Putin to attend.
Both China and Russia have seen their relationship with Western nations deteriorate lately and have sought to challenge a extra unified entrance.
On Wednesday, Putin advised Xi that “a new model of cooperation has been formed between our countries” that features a “determination to turn our common border into a belt of eternal peace and good-neighbourliness”.
“I consider these relations to be a real model for inter-state cooperation in the 21st century,” the Russian chief mentioned.
After the decision, the Kremlin’s high overseas coverage adviser Yury Ushakov mentioned that the dialog between “two great friendly states” had lasted 90 minutes and was “very positive”.
“Both stated that the relationship had reached an unprecedented high level,” he advised reporters.
The talks got here after each Russia and China have been pointedly disregarded of US President Joe Biden’s democracy summit final week.
The US and its allies have for weeks accused Russia of planning an invasion of its ex-Soviet neighbour Ukraine, warning of large coordinated sanctions ought to Putin launch an assault.
Tens of hundreds of Russian troops are stationed close to Ukraine, the place the West has accused the Kremlin of backing pro-Moscow separatists since 2014.
Russia rejects the allegations and blames the West for stoking tensions.
In calls on Tuesday with the leaders of France and Finland, Putin mentioned he wished safety talks with the United States and NATO to start directly.
Russia’s calls for included stopping NATO from increasing east and the deployment of weapons in neighbouring states, together with Ukraine.
China’s relationships with a number of Western allies, in the meantime, have cratered lately over a bunch of points — from commerce and safety to Beijing’s human rights file and vows to grab Taiwan, which it claims.
China, an authoritarian one-party state, responded with fury to being disregarded of the Biden summit, branding US democracy a “weapon of mass destruction”.
Beijing’s diplomats abroad and its state-controlled media ramped up a propaganda blitz criticising Western democracy as corrupt and a failure.
Instead, they touted “whole-process people’s democracy”, aiming to shore up legitimacy for the ruling Communist Party, which has swung more and more authoritarian beneath Xi.
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