"Of course, we have them. Look at the reaction of world giants. Those who do not pretend to be giants, but are real giants. For example, it is China. You can see this reaction, can't you?" Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova told state-owned television channel Russia 1, as the nation's troops concluded a fourth day of hostilities in neighboring Ukraine.
According to Russian news agency RIA Novosti, Zakharova pointed to a recent Twitter post by her Chinese counterpart Zhao Lijian, who said the United States should reflect on its role in the ongoing crisis. Since Russian President Vladimir Putin launched his "special military operation" in Ukraine on February 24, China has refused to describe the bloody campaign as an "invasion."