China's top diplomat Wang Yi meets Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

China and North Korea have been sending weapons to Russia and Hamas

RUSSIA-CHINA/LAVROV Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during a meeting in Beijing, China October 16, 2023 | Reuters

Wang Yi, China's top diplomat, met with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday, Chinese state media CGTN reported. China and North Korea support Russia's invasion of Ukraine and Hamas disruptions in Israel. China and North Korea have been sending weapons to Russia and Hamas.

According to an AFP report, the two met at Beijing's Diaoyutai State Guesthouse for talks ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Beijing. 

The duo also met in September, in Moscow. At the time, Wang Yi hailed “strategic cooperation” between the two countries and their shared commitment to a “more just world order”. And emphasised “the importance of Russian-Chinese cooperation for ensuring justice in world affairs, for ensuring a balance of interests in the processes that are developing in a variety of directions,” Al Jazeera reported.

According to TASS news agency, the duo on Monday discussed the conflict in the Middle East. They also discussed the war in Ukraine and its possible resolution by "political and diplomatic methods".

Lavrov, after meeting Wang, said China's Belt and Road Initiative would help promote cooperation in the Eurasia region. Putin's upcoming visit to China aims at fostering a 'no limits' partnership between Russia and China. This is Putin's first visit outside Russia. He will also attend the Belt and Road Forum on October 17 and 18.

Owing to an arrest warrant issued by the International Court of Justice against Putin for allegedly deporting children of Ukraine and other war crimes, he has missed a few global events this year including the BRICS summit and the G20 Summit. 

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