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Russia and China condemned Western sanctions on Moscow over Ukraine – Russia

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March 30 (Reuters) – Foreign ministers from Russia and China on Wednesday condemned what they called illegal and counter productive Western sanctions imposed on Moscow over its action in Ukraine, the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in the eastern Chinese province of Anhui, where China was set to host two days of meetings on Afghanistan. read more

The meeting comes a little over a month after Russia sent tens of thousands of troops into Ukraine in what Russia calls a special operation, triggering unprecedented Western sanctions.

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Russia is looking to China for support and partnerships as it becomes ever more isolated from global financial systems and supply chains.

“The ministers had a thorough exchange of views on the situation around Ukraine. The head of the Russian foreign ministry informed his Chinese counterpart about the progress of the special military operation … and the dynamics of the negotiation process with the Kyiv regime,” the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.

“The sides noted the counterproductive nature of the illegal unilateral sanctions imposed on Russia by the United States and its satellites.”

The ministry said the two ministers had agreed that Russia and China would continue to strengthen their strategic partnership and to speak on global affairs “with a united voice”.

“It was agreed to further strengthen foreign policy coordination and to widen cooperation on the bilateral track and in various multilateral formats,” the ministry said.

Wang said Chinese and Russian relations had “withstood the test of international turbulence” and there was an increased willingness by them to develop relations that had “grown resiliently”, China’s Phoenix TV reported.

“There is no limit to Russia-Russia, no limit to our efforts to achieve peace, safeguard security and oppose hegemony,” a Chinese foreign cooperation ministry told a media briefing in Beijing.

“China-Russia relations are non-aligned, nonconfrontational and not targeted at any third party,” the- said.

Lavrov, who on Monday said Russia’s relations with China were at their strongest level ever, had arrived earlier in China for talks hosted by Wang that were set to include representatives from Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban as well as Pakistan, Iran, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

Afghanistan is suffering an economic and humanitarian crisis worsened by a financial aid cutoff following the Taliban takeover as US-led troops departed in August.

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Reporting by Reuters; editing by Jason Neely, Robert Birsel

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