China bans planes from Moscow in its airspace. | ANI
Amid Russia’s attack on former Soviet nation Ukraine, the ‘brotherly relationship’ between China and Russia could be ruined as Beijing has banned Moscow airlines from flying jetliners owned by foreigners in its airspace.
According to a report by Hong Kong PostChina has repeatedly shown its reluctance to provide more support to Moscow amid the ongoing war with Ukraine, in order to protect its own interests in trade, economy and other areas.
With Beijing’s decision, Russia seems to have lost faith in China now. The latest report from Washington Post is evidence of the growing frustration of Russian officials with China.
Quoting a Chinese official, he said the development is significant in the wake of China and Russia proclaiming that their bilateral relations had “no limits” before Moscow announced its special military operation in its neighboring country in February this year.
Hong Kong Post quoting Russian media said Russian airlines could not provide documents showing that their planes were “de-registered abroad” and barred from entering Chinese airspace.
China refrains from taking sides due to diplomatic ties with Russia
After Russia invaded Ukraine, the country led by Xi Jinping had refused to supply parts to Russia and has now banned Russian planes from using Chinese airspace.
China previously said the action in Ukraine was “deeply worrying” and would take the lead in Russia-Ukraine negotiations.
China has strategically avoided taking sides because of its diplomatic relations with Russia and has not condemned these actions. On the contrary, he blamed NATO and the United States for pushing Russia to the “breaking point”.
‘China’s position on war is consistent and clear’: Chinese foreign minister
Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijan said China’s position on the war is “consistent and clear”. He also said the United States must take China’s concerns about sanctions seriously, warning that they “will never bring peace and security”.
Russian diplomats had long argued that the relationship between Beijing and Moscow was better than an alliance and had withstood the pressure unleashed by the ongoing war in Ukraine.
Russian Ambassador to China Andrey Denisov and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier that the Ukraine crisis has brought Moscow and Beijing closer.
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