Russia details dire plans for ‘new world order’ with China after Ukraine invasion | World | News

Lavrov visited China for talks with his counterpart, Wang Yi, for the first time since Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine in late February. Speaking in a video released by Russia’s foreign ministry, Lavrov said Moscow and Beijing were paving the way for a “multipolar, just, democratic world order”.

He added the world was “living through a very serious stage in the history of international relations”.

Speaking to the Chinese government, he added that at the end of this stage, “we, with you, and with our sympathizers, will create a new world order”.

The two foreign ministers later condemned the Western sanctions imposed on Moscow after the invasion, the Kremlin said in a statement.

The Russian foreign ministry said: “The ministers had a thorough exchange of views on the situation around Ukraine.

“The head of the Russian foreign ministry informed his Chinese counterpart about the progress of special military operations […] and the dynamics of the negotiation process with the Kyiv regime.”

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added: “The parties note the counterproductive nature of the illegal unilateral sanctions imposed on Russia by the United States and its satellites.”

Lavrov landed in the eastern Chinese city of Huangshan on Wednesday.

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This comes as the United Nations states that more than four million Ukrainians have now fled the country to escape Russia’s “nonsensical war”.

The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, said that 4,019,287 people had crossed the border from Ukraine into neighboring countries since February 24.

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these, more than 2.3 million traveled to Poland.

Filippo Grandi, who heads UNHCR, said: “Refugees from Ukraine now number four million, five weeks after the start of the Russian offensive.”

He added: “I have just arrived in Ukraine. In Lviv I will be discussing with the authorities, the UN and other partners ways to increase our support for the people affected and displaced by this senseless war.”

Earlier this week, the Kremlin announced that it would withdraw their troops around the capital and northern cities – a declaration greeted with skepticism by the West.

Russia’s deputy defense minister, Alexander Fomin, said Moscow would halt operations in cities to “boost mutual trust” during peace talks with Ukraine.

But Western officials have been hesitant to believe Moscow’s promises, with one commenting that it “seems more of a tactical exercise” to regroup and relaunch new attacks.