People seek refuge at a metro station in Kiev, Ukraine’s capital, February 25, 2022. (Photo: Xinhua)
China calls for direct talks between Russia and Ukraine as well as equal dialogues between the US, NATO, the EU and Russia in dealing with their conflicts that have accumulated over the years, a spokesman for the Chinese mission told the EU on Sunday in response. to the remarks of EU officials about China’s role as a mediator between two countries “which Western powers cannot fulfill.”
European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said China should mediate future peace talks between Russia and Ukraine as Western powers cannot fulfill the role, AFP reported on Saturday. “There is no alternative … It must be China, I’m sure,” Borrell said in an interview with Spanish daily El Mundo published Friday night.
In response to Borrell’s remarks, the Chinese mission told the EU in a statement on Saturday that it was very concerned about the development of the situation in Ukraine and hoped that the crossfire could be stopped as soon as possible and that the situation on the ground could be alleviated. to ensure the security of the lives and property of the civilian population in order to avoid a large-scale humanitarian crisis.
“The situation in Ukraine has developed to such a point that we do not want to see. It involves complex issues and China has always made its decisions and policies based on the benefits of the case,” the spokesman said. “We believe that in order to resolve the Ukraine crisis, all stakeholders should uphold the objectives and principles of the UN Charter, respect and protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of any country, and resolve disputes by peaceful means.”
China supports all efforts that can help achieve a political solution and ease the situation in Ukraine, but it opposes any action that is not conducive to promoting a diplomatic solution, but rather fuels the flames.
The spokesman added that stakeholders should seek to build a balanced, effective and sustainable European security mechanism in accordance with the indivisible security principle.
Chinese Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Saturday that the Ukraine crisis can only be resolved through dialogues and negotiations, stressing that China supports all efforts that can help ease tensions and push for a political solution. China is against any action that is not conducive to diplomatic solution, but which adds fuel to the fire, Wang said.
Wang made the comments during a phone call with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. This marks the second official call of the two officials within two weeks. It also happened after Russia on Saturday declared a partial ceasefire to allow humanitarian corridors out of the Ukrainian cities of Mariupol and Volnovakha, Russia’s Defense Ministry said.