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War in Ukraine: China ready to mediate ceasefire

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The Chinese government says it is ready to intervene to reach a ceasefire shortly before the big Russian strike on Ukraine. On Tuesday, there was a telephone conversation between Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Ukrainian counterpart Dmitry Kuleba, who discussed the dramatic events taking place in Ukraine. During the two diplomats' conversation, the Chinese Foreign Minister conveyed Beijing's intention to play “a role” of mediator to Russia, in order to reach a truce and return the two sides to the diplomatic table.

The Chinese government has said it is “extremely concerned about the casualties and the loss of civilians.” The Chinese Foreign Minister stressed to his Ukrainian counterpart that Beijing was ready to assist in the ceasefire negotiations, while strengthening its ties with Ukraine.

According to an official statement from the Chinese government, Beijing “respects the territorial integrity of all countries.” The communiqué, however, makes no reference to or condemns the Russian invasion, nor does it refer to Moscow's demand for international recognition of Crimean annexation or the autonomy of the Donbas region.

Indication of a change in Chinese tactics

According to international analysts, Beijing's intention to mediate between Russia and Ukraine is a sign of a change in tactics. A few days before the invasion, on February 24, a spokesman for the Chinese government had commented on Russia's attack on Ukraine as a “combination of factors”, avoiding calling it a “violation.” The same spokesman had blamed Ukraine for the crisis, saying it had “intensified tensions, provoking the possibility of a war.” , said it abstained from the UN resolution against the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with Moscow exercising its veto right and canceling it.

During the Winter Olympics, there was a meeting between Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping, with the two superpowers signing a series of agreements and cooperation between them.

Why China presents a more “alternative” policy ; According to analysts, Beijing wants to play the role of world pacifier, taking advantage of its relations with the Kremlin.

Criticism of NATO expansion

In a statement, the Ukrainian Foreign Minister said that “he asked Wang Yi to use the level of relations between Beijing and Moscow to force Russia to stop its armed aggression against the Ukrainian people.” Kumbela added that his Chinese counterpart had assured him “of China's readiness to make every effort to end the war on Ukrainian territory through diplomacy, including the right to hold a permanent seat on the UN Security Council.” p>

Source: protothema.gr

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