Russian, Chinese defense ministers tout close bilateral ties during meeting

SpaceWar.com reports: “The defense ministers of Russia and China have emphasized the close bilateral ties between the two nations even as the United States voices displeasure over China’s stance on the Ukraine war.

China’s Dong Jun met with Russia’s Sergey Shoigu in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Friday during a meeting of Shanghai Cooperation Organization member nations, and both leaders made statements affirming their cooperation.

‘We are determined to implement all agreements reached at the highest level,’ the Russian defense chief said, according to an official statement.

The two sides, he said, generally agreed ‘on the fundamental issues of the current world order and pressing international problems.’

Russia and China ‘are consistently working to build comprehensive partnership and strategic cooperation’ in a world where ‘new hotbeds of tension are emerging and things are getting worse in the existing ones. In fact, this is the result of the West’s geopolitical escapades and selfish neocolonial activities,’ Shoigu said.

Meanwhile, China’s Dong said it is ‘particularly important that the relations between our armed forces maintain a high dynamic and respond to the trends of the times,’ the Russian state news agency TASS reported.

The relationship between the two countries ‘is important for strategic stability on the planet,’ Dong said…”

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