Russian Novaya Gazeta reported on 2 March that China had supported Russia’s military actions in Crimea. The paper claimed that unspecified Chinese diplomats confirmed China’s intention “to block any UN Security Council resolution against Russia”.

According to the paper, the same diplomats also promised “to restrain in the near future the geopolitical ambitions of the U.S. by demanding to repay in gold all its debt obligations”.

In reality, China’s Foreign Ministry said yesterday: “We respect the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.”