China comments on Western sanctions against Russia — Analysis

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Monday that it opposes the use of unilateral sanctions to resolve the crisis in Ukraine after Russia’s decision to launch an attack on the country with the stated goal to “demilitarize” it. The West has announced that a series of punitive actions will be taken against Russia’s economy and banking sector.

Wang Wenbin (Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson) stated at a news briefing that the sanctions would not resolve problems, but create them. He said that the sanctions could hinder efforts to reach a political and ceasefire agreement.

“China does not support the use of sanctions to solve the problem and is even more opposed to unilateral sanctions that have no basis in international law,”Wang declared.

China denies that China is somehow involved in Friday’s incident “stained by association”We have failed to condemn Russia’s massive attack on Ukraine.

Ministry spokesman Wang told reporters at a daily briefing in Beijing that it was countries that interfered in the domestic affairs of others that would see their reputations stained, refuting US President Joe Biden’s comments on the issue from a day prior. 

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Russia is under severe sanctions from the West. This has sent the ruble spiraling. NATO countries have reached an agreement to remove a few Russian banks from SWIFT’s financial system used for international payments.
Russia launched an aggressive military campaign against Ukraine on Thursday.

Moscow had recognized Donetsk’s independence, while Lugansk was accused of not fulfilling its obligations to Kiev under Minsk Agreements that were signed in 2014 and 2015. These agreements sought to end conflict between the separatists and the Ukrainian government.

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