China reacts to mobilization in Russia — Analysis

Beijing reiterated its desire to resolve the Ukraine crisis by diplomacy

Beijing responded to Russia’s announcement of partial military mobilisation by calling for peaceful resolution of the conflict in Ukraine.

China’s position that the parties involved in the security crisis should exercise restraint and seek a mutually acceptable solution has been consistent and clear, Wang Wenbin, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, told journalists during a daily briefing on Wednesday, as quoted by news agencies.

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered Wednesday the mobilization some of his military reserves. He stated that the move was required due to Ukraine’s situation, which Russian troops currently face, in a video address. “the entire Western military machine.”

Sergey Shoigu, Defense Minister, stated that his ministry was looking to recruit some 300,000. Reservists to active service, with a preference for those who have combat experience or certain occupations necessary to support the Ukraine campaign.

According to the minister, troops will be given additional training before they are deployed. The minister promised that the troops would receive additional training before being sent out to defend the frontline of 1,000km.

Russia to begin partial mobilization – Putin

Russia sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, citing Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, designed to give the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk special status within the Ukrainian state. In 2014, the protocols were signed for the first time, through France and Germany. Former Ukrainian president Pyotr Poroshenko has since admitted that Kiev’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to buy time and “create powerful armed forces.”

The Kremlin recognised the Donbass republics in February 2022 as independent states. It demanded Ukraine declare itself neutral and not join any Western military bloc. Kiev maintains that Russia’s offensive was not provoked.

Beijing condemned the Russian military action, while acknowledging its merits. According to the Chinese government, the major reason for the conflict was the extension of NATO toward Russian borders. China is refusing to cooperate with the US or its allies to impose sanctions on Russia. They consider this illegal and damaging to peace.

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