In turn, Xi Jinping rejected US accusations of providing military and economic assistance to Russia.
In recent weeks, Beijing’s official press has avoided criticizing Putin and the situation around Ukraine, but Xi Jinping replied that Beijing had no contact with Moscow and condemned the war in Ukraine unleashed by Putin.
Russia sees China as an economic lifeline.
Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said his country’s economic partnership with China was crucial “in the face of the closure of Western markets.”
At the same time, after Russia’s invasion of Crimea in 2014, Russia circumvented imposed sanctions through shell companies in China.
Russian politicians and economists are hopeful about China’s help in the face of tough Western sanctions.
Russian propaganda promoted Russian-Chinese relations with great fanfare, calling China the main economic partner.
Pro-Kremlin trolls on social media admired China and the country’s totalitarian devices.
However, in the dynamics of the current situation, it is unlikely that Russia can count on any assistance from China.