torsdag 16. desember 2021

Putin, Xi Agree NATO Should Not Expand East, Plan to Meet During 2022 Beijing Olympics

Chinese President Xi Jinping expressed support for Russia's plan to push back against NATO's potential eastward expansion. Xi and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed these moves and made arrangements to meet in person during the 2022 Beijing Olympic Games on a video conference. According to Putin's foreign affairs adviser Yuri Ushakov, the two presidents also discussed "mounting threats to Russia's national interests from the U.S. and the NATO bloc, which consistently move their military infrastructure close to the Russian borders."

This conference comes as the two nations continue to align with each other against perceived Western domination, particularly from the United States. Both countries currently face U.S.-backed sanctions for political controversies such as China's alleged treatment of Uyghur Muslims and Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula. Putin specifically discussed the need for the U.S. and NATO to talk to him about legally binding security agreements.