Russia says in broad agreement with China on Ukraine

MOSCOW - China and Russia are in broad agreement on the situation in Ukraine, the Russian foreign ministry said Monday after telephone talks between the countries' top diplomats.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in a phone call noted "broadly coinciding points of view of Russia and China over the situation that has developed in the country and around it," the ministry said in a statement.

The top diplomats "agreed to continue close contacts on this topic," the statement said.

Russia appeared keen to stress that it has a major international ally on its military intervention in Ukraine after the other members of the G8 on Sunday released a statement condemning Russia for violating international law and suspending their participation in a G8 summit set to be held in Sochi in June.

China is not a member of the G8.

Russia has found itself internationally isolated over its covert military intervention in Ukraine and on Monday its stocks and currency collapsed amid fears of a prolonged campaign.

China and Russia cooperated on vetoing three UN Security Council resolutions to put pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, although they voted through a resolution this month on allowing in humanitarian aid convoys.