A year ahead of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, China on Wednesday pledged a stronger partnership with Russia as US President Joe Biden met with allies during a trip to Europe.
According to Arab News, Russian President Vladimir Putin told a large rally in Moscow that Russia is fighting for its “historic” territory in Ukraine, and that its soldiers are “fighting bravely, bravely and courageously. Proud of it.’
On the other hand, on the one-year anniversary of the February 24 attack in Ukraine, school classes have been moved online for the entire week due to fears of an increase in Russian missile attacks.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, the highest-ranking Chinese official to visit Russia since the invasion of Ukraine, has told President Putin that Beijing is ready to advance ties.
In response, the Russian President said that he is looking forward to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Moscow and further development of the partnership.
President Xi Jinping is expected to give a speech on peace on Friday, but Kiev says there can be no talk of peace as long as Russian troops are in Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says that “Europe and the democratic world should cleanse the territory of Ukraine from Russia’s unprovoked and criminal war, and this should be done with the guarantee of long-term security not only of our state, but of Europe and the world.”
Russia is set to begin military exercises with China in South Africa on Friday and has sent a naval warship equipped with the latest generation of hypersonic cruise missiles.
On the other hand, Polish President Andrzej Duda, while addressing a meeting of nine NATO members in Warsaw, said that “Russia’s aggression in Ukraine has changed the security situation in Europe.”
The US President said that Washington is determined to defend every inch of the territory of its allies.
“You are the first front line of our collective defense,” he said at a summit of countries that joined the Western military alliance after the alliance with Moscow during the Cold War.
Most of these countries are now in favor of providing military aid to Ukraine and in a joint declaration they have called for a presence in Eastern Europe.