Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Wednesday, this being their first encounter since Moscow launched its military campaign in Ukraine. Unlike numerous other countries, Beijing has refused to condemn Moscow and reject any calls to impose sanctions. Lavrov has stated that the neighbouring nations will work to achieve “a multipolar, fair, and democratic world order.” Beijing is of the view that sanctions and economic restrictions disrupt the flow of world trade and are not likely to resolve the conflict. They are adamant that peace will only be achieved through dialogue and diplomacy.
Wang Yi stated that despite “new challenges” to the relations between the two nations, “the will of both sides to develop bilateral relations has become even stronger.” He also said that the last month has proven that China and Russia’s relations are “one of the most crucial bilateral relationships in the world,” and claimed that the friendship between the two nations is “ironclad.”