Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stressed Wednesday that Moscow and Beijing are leading the way towards a “more just” world order, in his first visit to the Chinese ally since last month.
Lavrov is scheduled to meet his Chinese counterpart today, and he said before the meeting, addressing China: The world is going through a very dangerous stage in the history of international relations, and together we are moving towards a multipolar world order.
Lavrov will attend a number of meetings hosted by China to discuss ways to help Afghanistan. Diplomats from the United States and seven countries neighboring Afghanistan (Pakistan, Iran, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan in addition to China and Russia) are expected to attend.
According to the official Xinhua News Agency, Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaki will also attend this meeting. In parallel, a meeting of the “consultation mechanism” on Afghanistan will be held, with the participation of diplomats from China, Russia, Pakistan and the United States, according to Xinhua.
Beijing refused to condemn the Russian invasion, and America accused China of showing “willingness” to provide military and economic assistance to Russia, and US President Joe Biden compared the Russian invasion of Ukraine to Chinas suppression of demonstrations in Tiananmen Square in 198, according to Agence France-Presse.
Sino-Russian relations have seen more rapprochement in the past few years, and Russian President Vladimir Putin participated in the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Beijing last month, amid a great boycott of Western officials, led by America.
At the time, Chinese President Xi Jinping declared that the relationship between Russia and China “has no boundaries” and signed energy deals worth billions of dollars.
Lavrov is due to arrive in India after China, which also refused to condemn the invasion. The visit coincides with that of British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and Dalip Singh, who is responsible for sanctions strategy in Washington.