Washington must abandon its Russia-sanctioned approach if it wants to really help Ukraine, Beijing’s foreign ministry said.
China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian stated Wednesday that the US was reaping benefits from its antiRussian sanctions campaign. However, its closest allies are also suffering. He claimed that the US should abandon its drive to impose anti-Russian sanction in order to end the Ukrainian crisis.
Washington is forcing other nations to impose sanctions on Russia. But the US architects have taken care to not incur any costs to themselves, as the Chinese official noted.
“American companies import Russian fertilizers. For Europe, the war and sanctions have brought refugees, capital outflow and energy shortages,”He stated. The US placed itself in an advantageous position to allow this. to “profit from chaos,”He added.
Zhao reiterated Beijing’s position that unilateral sanctions – a tool that the US favors in its foreign policy – was harmful for the world economy and could not bring “peace and security,”These restrictions are intended to achieve the goals stated.
“If the US really wants to promote a de-escalation of the situation in Ukraine, it should stop adding fuel to the fire, abandon the cudgel of sanctions, refrain from coercive words and actions and truly encourage peace and talks,”According to the spokesperson.
His remarks came as the US and its allies ramped up pressure against Russia in the wake of Kiev’s claims that Russian troops had committed war crimes in Ukraine. Moscow dismissed the claims and claimed they were meant to impede the negotiations for peace.
Addressing the situation in Bucha, a town northwest of Kiev and the focus of Kiev’s allegations, Zhao said a thorough, independent investigation was necessary to determine what happened there. Pictures from Bucha “disturbing,”He added that “humanitarian issues should not be politicized.”
“Any allegations should be based on facts, and all parties should exercise restraint and avoid groundless accusations until the conclusion of the investigation is reached,”He stated.
The diplomat expressed Beijing’s support for any initiative aimed at deescalating violence in Ukraine.
Moscow attacked its neighbor in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the 2014 Minsk agreements, and Russia’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics in Donetsk and Lugansk. These protocols, which were French and German-brokered, had been created to regulate the state of these regions in the Ukrainian government.
Russia demands that Ukraine declare neutrality, and vows that it will not join NATO’s military bloc led by the US. Kiev insists Russia’s offensive was completely unprovoked and has denied claims it had been planning to retake the secessionist regions by force.
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