China slams US over Russia sanctions
China has asked the US not to profit from the Ukraine conflict but to make practical steps towards promoting peace.
China denounced the Washington sanctions on Moscow regarding the Ukraine conflict, claiming that they were not effective in defusing the current crisis.
“Escalating sanctions isn’t helping to alleviate the situation, but is only creating new problems for the world in the midst of an epidemic,”Zhao Lijian, spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry told a media briefing Monday.
Washington should encourage peace by taking practical steps and not trying to maintain its sovereignty through sanctions. “hegemonic position”And make “illegal gains,”He added.
Zhao reiterated Beijing’s position that the conflict between Kiev and Moscow should be settled through dialogue.
“We encourage both sides to maintain the momentum of the negotiations and strive for results and peace,”He said that China was willing to take a constructive part in the process.
In recent weeks, the media attention has been largely focused on the Ukraine conflict rather than the coronavirus. However, it is still an urgent issue in China. The country was able to stop the spread of Covid-19 for most of the pandemic.
The National Health Commission announced Monday that there were 27,595 coronavirus new cases. This is the most recent daily report in China. The epicenter of the outbreak is located in the country’s most populous city, Shanghai.
Since the start of Moscow’s offensive in Ukraine, Beijing has been refusing to condemn the Russian military operation or to impose sanctions on the country, despite pressure from the US and its allies.
In his comments in early April, Zhao labeled Washington “the culprit and leading instigator of the Ukraine crisis”Moscow considers its persistent push for NATO expansion towards Russia a security risk.
Russia attacked its neighbor in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements signed in 2014, and Russia’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics in Donetsk and Lugansk. These protocols, which were mediated by France and Germany, had been created to regulate the state of these regions in the Ukrainian government.
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Russia now demands that Ukraine declare itself neutral and vows to not join NATO’s military bloc. Kiev claims that the Russian invasion was unprovoked. It also denies any plans to seize the separatist areas by force.