By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
MOSCOW (AP) – American and European officials may stay away from the Beijing Winter Olympics over human rights concerns, but Russian President Vladimir Putin will be present even as tensions rise over his rise strengthen his army along his country’s border with Ukraine.
Putin’s talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday will mark their first face-to-face meetings since 2019 and are intended to help strengthen Moscow’s ties with China and coordinate its policies. under Western pressure. The two will then attend the opening ceremony of the Olympics.
In an article published by the Chinese news agency Xinhua on Thursday, Putin wrote that Moscow and Beijing play an “important stabilizing role” in global affairs and help to make international affairs easier. “more equal and inclusive” economy.
The Russian president criticized the “attempts of some countries to politicize sports for the sake of their ambitions”, a clear reference to the US and some allies’ boycott of the Olympics.
EU spokeswoman, Nabila Massrali, responded to that by saying that “we are, of course, fully committed to contributing to the promotion and protection of the integrity of sport and the promotion of respect for sport.” universal importance to human rights.”
“Major sporting events like the Olympic Games often have large audiences,” says Massrali. “They can be instrumental in spreading positive values and promoting freedom and human rights on a global level. However, such platforms should not be used for political propaganda.”
Many Western officials skip the Beijing Games to protest China’s detention of more than 1 million Uighur Muslims in the northwestern region of Xinjiang. But leaders of the former Soviet Union’s Central Asian states, which have close ties to both Russia and China, followed Putin’s lead and attended.
In an interview with China Media Corporation also published on Thursday, Putin stressed that “we oppose attempts to politicize sport or use it as a tool of coercion, competition, and competition.” unfair competition and discrimination”.
Li Xin, director of the Institute of European and Asian Studies at the University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai, said Putin’s meeting with Xi and attendance at the opening ceremony “informed about further promoting the China-Russia relationship.
China and Russia increasingly find common cause for what they believe is the US disregard for their territorial and security concerns, Li said. Both of their governments have also mocked the United States over their domestic activities, from last year’s Capitol riots to the struggle to control COVID-19.
“The US and Western countries are, on the one hand, putting pressure against Russia on the Ukraine issue, and on the other hand, putting pressure against China on the Taiwan issue,” Li said, referring to himself. administers an island democracy and an ally of the United States that China claims as its own territory. “Such extreme pressure actions by the West will only force China and Russia to further strengthen cooperation.”
Yuri Ushakov, Putin’s foreign affairs adviser, said that Putin’s visit would mark a new phase in the Russia-China partnership, which he described as “an important factor contributing to sustainable global development”. sustainable and helps to counter the destructive activities of some countries”.
He said that Moscow and Beijing plan to issue a joint statement on international relations that will reflect their common views on global security and other issues, and officials from the two countries are expected to will sign more than a dozen agreements on trade, energy and other issues. problem.
Ushakov noted that Moscow and Beijing have close or identical views on most international issues. He especially emphasized that China supports Russia in the current confrontation with Ukraine.
“Beijing supports Russia’s demands for security guarantees and shares the view that the security of one country cannot be ensured by violating the security of another district,” Ushakov said at a meeting with reporters.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a phone call last week that Moscow’s security concerns need to be seriously considered and addressed, a statement that marks a major milestone in the history of Russia. notable policy shift towards Beijing.
“In the past, China has avoided such expressions of support for Russian policies in Eastern Europe,” said Vasily Kashin, a China expert at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. “Now we see more unity.”
Although Moscow and Beijing are unlikely to form a formal defense alliance, “their cooperation will develop steadily,” Kashin said.
The buildup of more than 100,000 Russian troops near Ukraine has raised concerns in the West that Moscow is ready to invade its neighbour. Russia has denied planning the attack but has urged the US and its allies to make a binding commitment that NATO will not expand into Ukraine and other former Soviet states or deploy weapons there and withdraw. withdrawing forces from Eastern Europe – the claims were vehemently denied. West.
Some observers say Beijing is closely watching how the US and its allies act in the face of Ukraine as they consider their further strategy towards Taiwan, arguing that Washington’s indecisiveness has a negative impact on the situation. could encourage China to become more assertive.
Putin on Tuesday accused the US and its allies of thwarting Russia’s security demands but left the door open for further negotiations. He argued that NATO’s eastward expansion and its offer of potential membership to Ukraine undermined Russia’s security and violated international agreements that affirm the “indivisibility of security”, a fundamental principle of security. Principles mean that one country’s security should not be strengthened at the expense of another.
The Russian leader has warned that if the West refuses to comply with Russia’s demands, he could order unspecified “military-technical moves”. Beyond a full-blown invasion of Ukraine that the West fears, Putin could consider other options for escalation, including strengthening already extensive military ties with China.
Russia and China have held a series of joint war games, including naval exercises and long-range bomber patrols over the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea. In August, Russian troops were deployed to Chinese territory for the first time for joint exercises.
Although Moscow and Beijing have previously ruled out the possibility of a military alliance, Mr Putin said such a scenario could not be ruled out. He also noted that Russia has shared highly sensitive military technologies with China, which has greatly enhanced its defense capabilities.
Raf Casert in Brussels, and Dmitry Osipov in Moscow, contributed to this report.
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