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Chinese officials speak out in unprecedented criticism of Russia on eve of G20

Vladimir Putin ‘did not tell Xi Jinping truth’ about Ukraine invasion, say Chinese officials

Arpan Rai
Monday 14 November 2022 15:53 GMT
Related: President Biden, Xi Seek To ‘Manage Our Differences’ In Meeting

Officials in China have expressed their displeasure at Russia’s actions in Ukraine, including Vladimir Putin’s non-disclosure of his plans to invade, and condemned the "irresponsibility" of suggested nuclear threats ahead of the G20 summit in Indonesia.

Mr Putin did not tell his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping “the truth”, reported the Financial Times citing a Chinese official, who said that the two leaders had hailed a “no limits” alliance between Moscow and Beijing when they met just 20 days before the Kremlin launched its invasion on Ukraine in February.

“If he had told us, we wouldn’t have been in such an awkward position,” the official said.

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