China has voiced support for Russian President Vladimir Putin and called for stability in Russia following a short-lived mutiny that challenged Putin’s rule. Beijing initially remained silent as the Wagner Group, a mercenary group, seized the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don and made demands for military leadership changes. After Putin reached a deal with the Wagner chief and the rebellion ended, China expressed its support for Russia’s efforts to safeguard national stability.
- China remained silent during the mutiny in Russia but later voiced support for Putin and called for stability in the country.
- The Chinese Foreign Ministry stated that the situation in Russia was a domestic affair and expressed support for Russia in safeguarding national stability and promoting development.
- Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu emphasized the deepening political trust between China and Russia under the strategic guidance of Presidents Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin.
- China requested that Russia keep it informed promptly in the future and stressed the need for timely communication and cross-checking amid the complex international atmosphere.
- The visit of Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko to Beijing was aimed at strengthening bilateral ties and was seen as a follow-up to Xi’s visit to Russia in March. Both China and Russia expressed their interest in maintaining unity and fostering continued development.