Monday, March 3, 2014

Surprise! Russia and China agree on Ukraine

This just in on Sky News:

Russia has said China is largely "in agreement" over Ukraine, after other world powers condemned Moscow for sending troops into the country.

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov discussed Ukraine by telephone with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, on Monday, and claimed they had "broadly coinciding points of view" on the situation there, according to a ministry statement. 

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang said: "China has always upheld the principles of diplomacy and the fundamental norms of international relations. "At the same time we also take into consideration the history and the current complexities of the Ukrainian issue."
--Sky News

China has seen the US "pivot" towards Asia while relations between Beijing and Tokyo heighten.  Siding with Russia checks any really diplomatic moves by the US and keeps the Obama Administration on the sidelines.

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