China Backs Russian ‘National Stability’ as Diplomats Meet

  • China said it supports Russia’s actions to maintain national stability, a day after Moscow defused the biggest threat to President Vladimir Putin’s rule.
  • The brief statement by a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, who described the weekend’s events as “Russia’s internal affair,” came after Foreign Minister Qin Gang met in Beijing with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrey Rudenko.
  • It expanded on an earlier comment from Beijing that the pair had exchanged views on international and regional issues of common interest.
  • Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu also met Rudenko on 25 Jun, vowing to defend the countries’ common interests in the face of a “complex and grim” international environment.
  • Mutual political trust between Beijing and Moscow has been growing under Putin and President Xi Jinping, China’s foreign ministry cited Ma as saying in another statement.

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