The Chinese authorities intend to increase support for Russia against the backdrop of tougher Western sanctions against Russia. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said this on Monday.
“We are resolutely opposed to the use of unilateral sanctions. <…> China and Russia maintain a comprehensive partnership with each other. In matters of protecting state sovereignty, the PRC and Russia will support each other,” he stressed at a regular briefing, commenting on the tightening of US sanctions in relation to Moscow.
According to the diplomat, Beijing hopes that the United States and Russia will establish a constructive political dialogue and resolve differences “on an equal basis, on the basis of mutual respect.” “The one-sided sanctions [by the US] are a manifestation of hegemony, they provoke general protest,” Wang Wenbin added.
As the representative specified, in a pandemic, the world community must unite to overcome new challenges. “In such a situation, it is necessary to intensify efforts aimed at maintaining peace and security in the world,” he concluded.
Russian-American relations escalated after a resonant interview with the US President, in which he said that Moscow would have to “pay the price” for alleged interference in the US elections, and also made harsh statements about Russian President Vladimir Putin. After that, the Russian ambassador to the United States was invited for consultations to Moscow, where he has been since March 21. On April 15, Biden signed a decree on sanctions against Moscow, and on April 16, the Russian Federation announced retaliatory measures.