Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping underlined the excellent relationship between their countries in a video call.
The two countries have increasingly tense relations with the West, but the mutual cooperation is an example for the rest of the world, Putin says.
In western capitals, there is currently criticism of the Russian troop build-up in Ukraine and the human rights situation in China. The two countries were also not welcome at a democracy summit of US President Biden last week, in which the Netherlands did participate.
Several countries, including the United States, have also announced that they will partially boycott the Beijing Olympics by not sending top politicians there. However, Putin assured his “good friend” Xi that he would come anyway in the conversation. “In February, we can finally meet in person in Beijing.”
Xi, for his part, said that China and Russia should work together more often to safeguard each other’s security interests. The Chinese leader told his counterpart that “certain international forces” are trying to interfere in the internal affairs of their countries under the guise of democracy.
The conversation lasted about an hour and a half, according to the Kremlin. A top adviser to Putin said the leaders felt that relations between their countries “have reached an unprecedented level”.