President Zelensky urged China not to support Russia in hostilities, warning that there would be “a world war” if this happened.
“I want China to side with Ukraine, although it is very unlikely at this time,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in an interview published today. “For us, it is important that China does not support Russia in the current conflict.”
Mr. Zelensky said that Beijing has an opportunity to make a “realistic assessment” of what is happening. “There will be a world war if China allied with Russia; I think they understand this well,” the Ukrainian president added.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on February 19 that China might be considering providing “from ammunition to weapons” to assist Russia in the conflict in Ukraine, warning Beijing that any move to supply weapons to Russia gas for Moscow would “cause serious problems.”
US Ambassador to the United Nations Thomas-Greenfield and High Commissioner for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union Josep Borrell also warned that China would cross a “red line” if it provided lethal weapons to Russia for use. in Ukraine.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin today criticized Washington for spreading misinformation and urged the US to stop blaming, “seriously think about its own actions and do more” to defuse the situation and promote peace and dialogue.
“The US, not China, is constantly transporting weapons to the battlefield. The international community clearly understands who is calling for dialogue and fighting for peace, who is adding fuel to the fire and encouraging confrontation. “, said Mr. Uong.
China has repeatedly affirmed that it wants to help end the conflict in Ukraine soon by peaceful means. Beijing earlier this month expressed concern about the continuous flow of heavy weapons into the Ukrainian battlefield, saying that some countries “did not sincerely promote negotiations.”
China is a major economy in the world with close ties to Russia, not imposing sanctions on Moscow because of the military campaign in Ukraine.
Many Western countries have pressured China to use its influence to urge Russia to end hostilities in Ukraine. Beijing supports a peaceful resolution of the conflict but has also repeatedly affirmed its good relations with Moscow, expressing its desire to raise this relationship to “new heights.”
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