Russia, China may take a stricter line on Yemen

Russia, China may take a stricter line on Yemen

An upcoming visit by the Chinese foreign minister to Moscow may hugely affect an ongoing military conflict in Yemen, Russian media sources claim, Press TV reported.

According to a Sunday report by Sputnik News, an imminent visit by Foreign Minister Wang Yi whould have serious consequences on the ongoing military conflict in Yemen as Russia and China are coordinating efforts to counter the military aggression against the country by Saudi Arabia and allies.

His visit is planned for Monday when Saudi Arabia and some governments in the Persian Gulf region are expected to submit a resolution to the United Nations Security Council which could allow ground intervention in the impoverished Arab country.

Observers believe that the unexpected visit is meant to provide a joint response to the Saudi-led move.

"It is likely that an important agreement will be made on Yemen," the report said.

Russia has tried to press for an end to the military aggression by asking Riyadh to accept regional and international calls for ceasefire and arms embargo in the country. Saudis, however, have ignored the calls and keep accusing Moscow of having a hand in the conflict.

Yemen's fugitive foreign minister, Riyadh Yassin, has openly accused Russia of providing the ruling Houthi movement with weaponry. He also claimed recently that former Yemeni dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh has fled Sana'a onboard a Russian plane. Officials in Moscow denied both allegations as "absurd, irresponsible and provocative."

The Al Saud regime unleashed deadly air raids without a UN mandate against Yemen on March 26 in an attempt to restore power to the fugitive president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.

Hadi, who is now in Saudi capital, stepped down in January and refused to reconsider the decision despite calls by the Houthi Ansarullah movement, but the Yemeni parliament did not approve his resignation.

Gradually, as the Yemeni government failed to provide security and properly run the affairs of the Arab country, the Ansarullah fighters started to take control of state matters to contain corruption and terror.

The Ansarullah fighters took control of Sana'a in September 2014 and are currently moving southward.

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