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Russia, China moving toward 'just, democratic world order': Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (L) meets his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi. (File photo)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says key allies, China and Russia, are moving towards a new world order under the West’s illegal sanctions against Moscow.

In a visit to China on Wednesday, the top Russian diplomat painted a picture of a new world order, saying the world was "living through a very serious stage in the history of international relations.”

"We, together with you, and with our sympathizers will move towards a multipolar, just, democratic world order," Lavrov said in a video released by the Russian foreign ministry ahead of a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

“The sides noted the counterproductive nature of the illegal unilateral sanctions imposed on Russia by the United States and its satellites,” the  Russian Foreign Minister said in a statement.

The Western sanctions machine has been working at full throttle against Russia since President Vladimir Putin announced a military operation in Ukraine on February 24 in an effort to “de-militarize” and “de-Nazify” the neighboring country.

The foreign ministry further said that the two diplomats “had agreed that Russia and China would continue to strengthen their strategic partnership and to speak on global affairs 'with a united voice'.

They “had a thorough exchange of views on the situation around Ukraine,” it added.

“The head of the Russian foreign ministry informed his Chinese counterpart about the progress of the special military operation... and the dynamics of the negotiation process with the Kyiv regime,” the statement said.

China’s foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin also said that Moscow and Beijing will continue efforts in "advancing global multipolarity and the democratization of international relations.”

Wang said that "China-Russia cooperation has no limits.”

"Our striving for peace has no limits, our upholding of security has no limits, our opposition towards hegemony has no limits," Wang said.

China, the world's second-biggest economy, has developed close ties with Russia in recent years. Beijing had previously condemned the sanctions the West’s agianst Russia, sying that the the bans have never solved any problem.

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