Russia Says Won't Join US Alliance Against China As It Shares 'Special Relations' With Beijing
Russia Says Won't Join US Alliance Against China As It Shares 'Special Relations' With BeijingRussian President Vladimir Putin (Representative Image) (Thomas Peter/Pool via Getty Images)

Russia won't join any alliance aimed against anyone, especially against China, as Moscow and Beijing share special relations, the Kremlin said on Friday (24 July).

Calling China "our partner," Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a daily briefing that the two countries have developed "relations of a special partnership", Xinhua reported.

Speaking at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in California on Thursday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for creating a "new alliance" to counter China.

Peskov for his part said that all alliances Russia takes part in are aimed at developing relations of good-neighbourliness and mutual benefit.

Meanwhile, in a press statement, Russia's foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Moscow will continue cementing relations with Beijing as they are a fundamental factor for stability and security in the world, reports Russian News Agency TASS.

"We view [US Secretary of State] Mike Pompeo’s words about a possibility to drag Moscow into the US campaign against China as another naive attempt to complicate the Russian-Chinese partnership and to drive a wedge in the friendly ties between Russia and China," Zakharova said.

Zakharova said that "not only do the tensions provoked by Washington in relations with Beijing do harm to the United States and China, but also they seriously complicate the international situation in general."

(With inputs from IANS)

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