Vladimir Putin called his foreign minister an “a*****e” in a foul-mouthed tirade blaming him for the lack of China’s support.
The Russian ranted about Xi Jinping over his failure to help in sanctions busting, it’s been claimed.
After being hit with wide ranging sanctions at the beginning of the war in Ukraine, it is being reported that Russia has become frustrated at Beijing’s failure to provide financial and technological support subject to sanctions by the US, UK and other countries.
The sanctions, aimed at crippling its economy following the unprovoked invasion of its neighbour, have not been made by China’s President Xi, who, as Putin’s closest ally, has failed to condemn his invasion of Ukraine.
At a recent meeting Putin expressed his personal dissatisfaction with Xi Jinping ‘in harsh and obscene terms’, according to the General SVR telegram channel.
Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov also felt Putin’s sharp tongue as the Russian leader reportedly part blamed him for the failure in negotiations with China.
General SVR, which is reportedly run by a Kremlin insider, said as Lavrov tried to speak Putin interrupted him and called him ‘an a*****e’.
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Despite China and Russia declaring their “no limits” friendship before the war, Beijing has been reluctant to help Russia evade sanctions.
On at least least two occasions Moscow pressed Beijing to offer new forms of economic support in what that one Chinese official described as ‘tense’ negotiations, the Washington Post reports.
Beijing fears the United States and its allies could cut China off from critical technology as well as target its financial system.
A person in Beijing with direct knowledge of the discussions said China “understands” Russia’s “predicament”.
“But we cannot ignore our own situation in this dialogue,” they said.
“China has made clear its position on the situation in Ukraine, and on the illegal sanctions against Russia. China will always act in the best interest of the Chinese people.”