Despite criticism, Moscow, Beinjing get united against EU, US

TEHRAN, Mar. 23 (MNA) – Amid criticism and Western sanctions against them over human rights, the foreign ministers of China and Russia displayed unity at their meeting Tuesday, urging the US to rejoin the Iran nuclear agreement.

Wang Yi and Sergei Lavrov rejected outside sniping at their authoritarian political systems and said they were working to further global progress on issues from climate change to the coronavirus pandemic, ABC27 News reported.

At their initial meeting in the southern Chinese city of Nanning on Monday, Wang and Lavrov accused the US of interference in other countries' affairs and urged it to rejoin the Iran nuclear agreement, something that President Joe Biden’s new administration has approached cautiously. Russia and China both maintain close relations with Tehran.

The two officials continued that rhetoric at a news conference on Tuesday, where Wang sharply criticized coordinated sanctions brought by the European Union, Britain, Canada, and the United States against Chinese officials over human rights abuses in China’s far-western Xinjiang region.

“Countries should stand together to oppose all forms of unilateral sanctions,” Wang said. “These measures will not be embraced by the international community.”

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