Russia, China deepen ties as top diplomats meet

by ian

Russia’s top diplomat is in China in a sign of joint opposition to the U.S. and its allies.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in Beijing yesterday to meet with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi. According to Lavrov’s office, the talks focused on deepening ties and on “hot topics” like Ukraine and the Asia-Pacific.

The ministers jointly announced earlier today that the nations oppose any international events that don’t consider Russia’s position. This includes rejecting Western peace efforts in Ukraine, saying those don’t allow for fair and equal participation.

This meeting comes one month before Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to touch down in Beijing.

Ukraine and Russia are trading accusations over Sunday’s drone strike on the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant. A Kremlin spokesman called it a “very dangerous provocation.” Kyiv denied responsibility and accused Russia of spreading disinformation. The attack was witnessed by U.N. inspectors. There was one casualty.