Beijing on Wednesday described Russia as an “important member” of the G20 after Washington raised the prospect of excluding Moscow from the group.
China has granted a level of diplomatic protection to Russia, which is increasingly isolated due to its aggression on Ukraine, with its economy bound by sanctions.
“The G20 is a key forum for international economic cooperation,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters. “Russia is an important member, and no member has the right to expel another country.”
The leaders of the two countries declared relations “no limits” following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Beijing for the Winter Olympics.
Wang’s comments followed a briefing by Washington’s top security adviser on Tuesday that indicated the U.S. would bring pressure on Russia to be cut off from international forums because of its aggression on its neighbors.
“On the G20 question, I’ll just say this: We believe that it can’t be business as usual for Russia in international institutions and in the international community,” White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said.
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