Beijing outlines position on Ukraine ‘escalation’ — Analysis
China’s Foreign Minister tells US his country opposes attempts to “fuel the fire”
Wang Yi, China’s Foreign Minister, spoke with Antony Blinken (US Secretary of State) by phone Saturday. Blinken stated that Washington wanted more countries punish Russia’s military attack on Ukraine. Wang, however, warned against any attempt to escalate the situation.
A readout by the US State Department shows that Blinken said to Wang: “the world is watching to see which nations stand up for the basic principles of freedom, self-determination and sovereignty,”And that “the world is acting in unison to repudiate and respond to the Russian aggression, ensuring that Moscow will pay a high price.”
This conversation was held during Blinken’s trip to Eastern Europe. It was intended to show unity between the US, NATO and EU allies. In lockstep with European leaders the Biden administration has placed a number of sanctions on Moscow and funneled arms to Ukraine’s military. The US President Joe Biden, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg explicitly denied any military intervention in Ukraine.
China insists that Russia and Ukraine resolve the conflict at the negotiation table from the beginning of hostilities. According to an official readout of Saturday’s call from the Chinese side, that position remains unchanged.
“China supports all efforts that contribute to de-escalation and political settlement,”The statement was as follows: Blinken also heard Wang say that Russia, NATO and EU need to work together. “conduct equal dialogues,”Particularly in relation to NATO’s expansion into former Warsaw Pact countries, Moscow regards as a security risk.
“China opposes any actions that are not conducive to promoting a diplomatic solution but instead fuel the fire and escalate the situation,”The ministry said.
Although it is not clear what Beijing meant, a few politicians from the US recently made similar statements. calledNATO must enforce the aforementioned “no-fly zone”A NATO move to shoot down Russian fighter planes in Ukraine would have been considered a war crime by Moscow. A no-fly zone has been repeatedly demanded by the Ukrainian government.
The South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has faced significant criticism. calling on TwitterFor “somebody in Russia to take this guy out,”This refers to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Graham, who is a supporter for military intervention in Ukraine, and the sanctions against Russia, stated that Russians will not want to live unless Graham follows up. “isolated from the rest of the world in abject poverty,”They ought to “step up to the plate”Assassinate Putin.
Shortly before Blinken and Wang’s conversation, Russia declared a ceasefire in the cities of Mariupol and Volnovakha to allow the evacuation of civilians. The ceasefire was broken and both Russia and Ukraine were accused of violating it. Hostilities then resumed. On Thursday, a second round in peace negotiations was held in Belarus. There were no breakthroughs. Both sides however agreed to continue negotiations.
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