Putin, Xi Cement Partnership In Face Of Western Pressure

Putin, Xi Cement Partnership In Face Of Western Pressure

Andrew H. Sweet

Russia and China should stand firm in rejecting Western interference and defending each other's security interests, Presidents Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping agreed in a video call on Wednesday.

Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters that Mr. Xi had offered support to Mr. Putin for his push to obtain binding security guarantees for Russia from the West, saying he understood Moscow's concerns.

He said the pair also expressed their "negative view" of creating new military alliances such as the AUKUS partnership between Australia, Britain, and the United States and the Indo-Pacific 'Quad' of Australia, India, Japan, and the U.S.

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