Despite international sanctions, China will maintain normal trade relations with Russia, according to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin.
“China and Russia will continue to carry out normal trade cooperation following the spirit of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit,” he said, RT reported.
According to the spokesman, China opposes any unilateral sanctions that are “illegally imposed,” believing that “sanctions are not an effective solution to problems.”
During an earlier press conference, the spokesman stated that China’s position on the Ukrainian conflict has not changed.
In response to a question about humanitarian assistance, he stated that China is “willing to play a constructive role in easing the situation in Ukraine.”
According to RT, China’s permanent representative Zhang Jun stated on Monday at an emergency UN session that the conflict between Russia and Ukraine can be resolved through direct dialogue and negotiations.
Earlier this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping issued a joint declaration calling for a halt to NATO expansion, which Moscow opposed and attempted to mitigate by obtaining security guarantees from the US-led military alliance.