Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with his Chinese counterpart on Wednesday, where he said the two are carving a path towards a 'fairer world order.'
The meeting between Lavrov and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, marks the first visit to a key ally since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine on February 24, according to The Economic Times.
The two countries will work to achieve "a multipolar, fair, and democratic world order," Lavrov said, speaking from the Chinese city of Tunxi located in the eastern inland Anhui Province.
In a video released by the Russian foreign ministry ahead of a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Lavrov said the world was "living through a very serious stage in the history of international relations".
At the end of this reshaping of global relations "we, together with you, and with our sympathisers will move towards a multipolar, just, democratic world order", Lavrov said. -Economic Times
Lavrov and Yi were seen on Chinese state TV in face masks bumping elbows in front of their national flags shortly before the meetings - which Lavrov will attend - to discuss ways to help Afghanistan.
It is a good thing that China-Russia ties are so close. Russia adopted an attitude of proactively negotiating with Ukraine, and clearly said that it would not resort to nuclear weapons, how can Washington think that there is no China’s friendly influence in it? https://t.co/z4RhJ0VNHz— Hu Xijin 胡锡进 (@HuXijin_GT) March 30, 2022
Both the US and the Taliban are expected to be in attendance.
US officials have grown frustrated with Beijing's refusal to condemn the invasion of Ukraine, and have accused China of signalling a "willingness" to provide both economic and military aid to Russia.
According to Russia's state-owned TASS news agency, Wang said that despite "new challenges" to relations between China and Russia, "the will of both sides to develop bilateral relations has become even stronger."
Earlier this month Wang said that China's relationship with Russia is "one of the most crucial bilateral relationships in the world," and is "ironclad."