‘Mr president is an extraordinary state leader deeply loved by the Russian people’
China’s defence minister Li Shangfu congratulated the “extraordinary” Vladimir Putin for “promoting world peace” despite Moscow’s year-long war in Ukraine, according to reports.
A clip posted on Chinese company NetEase Inc’s video platform appears to show Mr Li reading a prepared remark from a notebook in a meeting with the Russian president and defence minister Sergei Shoigu on Sunday.
Their meeting took place days after Chinese president Xi Jinping met his Russian counterpart in Moscow last month.
“Mr president is an extraordinary state leader deeply loved by the Russian people, has made excellent achievements in leading the development and revitalisation of Russia, and made important contributions to promoting world peace and development,” Mr Li said, according to Bloomberg.
“I hereby pay my sincerest respects to you.”
The statement highlighted the strong ties between the two nations even as China positioned itself as a peacebroker in the war.
Beijing has declared a “no-limits” friendship with Russia and has refused to condemn Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, while adding that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries be respected.
China has, however, condemned Western sanctions on Russia and accused Nato of provoking Moscow.
Mr Xi has spoken to his Russian counterpart on multiple occasions since the onset of the war in February 2022, but is yet to have a dialogue with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky.
During Sunday’s meeting, Mr Putin and the Chinese defence minister hailed military cooperation between the two nations.
“We are working actively through our military departments, regularly exchange useful information, work together in the field of military-technical cooperation, and hold joint exercises,” Mr Putin said.
The exercises, he added, had been held in the Far East as well as Europe and involved ground, naval and air forces.
“Undoubtedly, this is another crucial area that strengthens the extremely trusting, strategic nature of our relations,” Mr added.
Mr Putin, meanwhile, visited security forces in parts of the southern Kherson region in occupied Ukraine, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.
A video released by the Kremlin showed Mr Putin visiting the command post for Russian forces in Kherson. He then moved by helicopter to the headquarters of the Russian National Guard in the Luhansk region to hear reports about the situation there.
Russia took the Kherson and Luhansk regions into its fold along with the Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia regions in September in a move that was rejected by most of the world as illegal annexation.
“‘Mr president is an extraordinary state leader deeply loved by the Russian people’”
He loves them so much he sends them on holiday to a neighbouring country.
“Mr president is an extraordinary state leader… has made important contributions to promoting world peace and development”
Absurd, lunar, grotesque
Why his chopper was not downed?
I’m sure if anyone could’ve put a bead on it, it would have been smoked.
“Putin, meanwhile, visited security forces in parts of the southern Kherson region in occupied Ukraine, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.”
I very much doubt this is Putler anyway. A guy who sits 50m away from his government officials is not going to visit a war zone.
“China’s defence minister Li Shangfu congratulated the “extraordinary” Vladimir Putin for “promoting world peace” despite Moscow’s year-long war in Ukraine…”
Clearly, the chinks are on the same hard drugs that the mafiosi are on.