BEIJING (AFP) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in China on Wednesday (March 30) in his first visit to the key ally since Moscow launched its invasion of Ukraine last month.
In a post on its Weibo social media account, the Russian embassy in Beijing confirmed Mr Lavrov had landed in the eastern city of Huangshan, posting photos of delegates descending from a plane and being met by health officials in hazmat suits.
Mr Lavrov will attend a series of meetings hosted by China to discuss ways to help Afghanistan.
Diplomats from the United States and the Taliban-led country's neighbours are also expected to attend.
But Russia's bloody assault on Ukraine is likely to loom large over proceedings.
Unlike many Western nations, China has refused to condemn the invasion and has lagged behind many other countries in providing humanitarian aid to Ukraine.
Beijing has said Foreign Minister Wang Yi will collectively meet with representatives at the meeting, but it is not clear whether he will meet one-on-one with Mr Lavrov.