Yunis Sharifli is a research assistant at the Middle East Institute. He also works as a junior research fellow at the Caucasian Center for International Relations and Strategic Studies and at the Topchubashov Center in Azerbaijan. He is currently completing his masters degree at the University of Bologna.
The Ukraine war is complicating the calculus of China’s energy security and the prospect of a new energy deal with Russia. Can Beijing afford to be close to a Moscow that is increasingly politically and economically isolated?