During a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu, China's new Defense Minister Wei Fenghe stated that Beijing supports Moscow in its special operation in Ukraine.
This marks the first open display of support for Russia in the Ukrainian conflict.
"We will support you on the Ukrainian issue, even if the US and Europe continue to exert pressure on China, even if military cooperation between China and the EU suffers," French medie Le Figaro quotes Wei Fenghe according to Ura News.
The publication noted that Beijing had not previously shown its support for Russia in the conflict in Ukraine publicly.
China has been one of the few countries not to turn away from Russia after the start of the special operation in Ukraine.
Since the beginning of Russia's invasion in 2022, Putin has been forced to seek other allies. This has led to a closer cooperation with North Korea, a visit to Saudi Arabia, and currently, Russia is particularly active in Africa.