Putin has courted a closer relationship to China in recent years, declaring a “no limits” friendship between Beijing and Moscow shortly before the Russian invasion of Ukraine. In a joint statement, the two countries said:”Friendship between the two States has no limits, there are no ‘forbidden’ areas of cooperation.”
In the latest move highlighting the partnership between the two countries, Moscow will hold military drills near the borders with China and North Korea.
The drills are expected to last from August 30 until September 5.
China will send its own forces to the Russian far eastern regions to participate in the drills, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.
The drills will be the second time this year Beijing and Moscow look to flex their joint military muscles in the region.
Back in May, Russian and Chinese aircraft completed 13-hour drills in close proximity to Japanese and South Korean airspace.
At the time, US President Joe Biden was visiting Tokyo, and the countries scrambled their own jets in response.
Beijing has said its participation in the new drills in Vostok was “unrelated to the current international and regional situation”.
Other participating countries include India, Belarus, Mongolia, and Tajikistan.
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