Russia-China ties strengthen over Ukraine
Who wouldn’t want to mark their birthday with a phone call from Russian President Vladimir Putin? Chinese President Xi Jinping and his bestie did just that as they recommitted to boost ties. After their “no limits” alliance was announced ahead of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, Beijing has refused to criticise the Kremlin. During the latest call, Xi reiterated China’s support for Russia’s sovereignty and commitment to do more trade with Russia to counter “the illegitimate sanctions policy pursued by the West,” the Kremlin readout said. That’s in addition to a spot of symbolic bridge-building… And while we’re talking about Ukraine, the leaders of France, Germany and Italy arrived in Kyiv last night for talks after taking a train from Poland. Emmanuel Macron, Olaf Scholz and Mario Draghi Scholz say the visit shows their commitment to Ukraine on the financial, humanitarian, and weapons front. #SquizShortcut
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