On the Syrian issue, China and Russia have stayed in close communication and coordination both in New York, Moscow and Beijing.”
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin
“On the Syrian issue, China and Russia have stayed in close communication and coordination both in New York, Moscow and Beijing,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin told reporters in Beijing on Tuesday.
Weimin also stated that the position of both China and Russia is “clear to all, there should be an immediate end to violence and the political dialogue process should be launched as soon as possible.”
“China and Russia share the same position on these points and both sides oppose external intervention into the Syrian situation and oppose regime change by force.”
Weimin made the remarks on the day when Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in China for a three-day visit to attend a regional security summit and hold talks with Chinese officials over strategic and energy cooperation.
The development comes at a time when some Western governments have called for the overthrow of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
However, the Russian president is against the Western demands and has called for action in “an accurate, balanced manner” in Syria.
Russia and China vetoed a Western-backed draft resolution on Syria at the UN Security Council on February 4. The two permanent members of the UNSC rejected the draft as “unbalanced.”
Moscow and Beijing also vetoed a European-drafted UN Security Council resolution against Syria on October 5, 2011.
Meanwhile, armed groups continue attacks inside Syria despite a ceasefire that took effect on April 12 and was part of a six-point peace plan presented by the UN-Arab League envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, in March.
On June 4, a new Syrian opposition group, known as the Syrian Rebels Front, announced its formation at a news conference in Turkey.
In addition, the armed rebels fighting the Syrian government say they are no longer committed to the Annan plan in Syria.