China has entered the Russia-Ukraine conflict, stating that it would like to mediate a peace agreement between the two warring nations.
On Thursday, March 16, China’s foreign minister urged Kiev and Moscow to resume peace talks “as soon as possible,” warning that the conflict “could escalate and spiral out of control.”
Foreign Minister Qin Gang told his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba in a statement that China “hopes that all parties will keep calm, exercise restraint, resume peace talks as soon as possible, and return to the track of political settlement.”
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted that during his call with China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang earlier in the day, they discussed the “significance of the principle of territorial integrity”.
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Beijing again mentioned the idea of the so-called peace plan it floated last month as the foreign minister urged Kyiv and Moscow to restart peace talks “as soon as possible”.
China has been criticized by Western countries for failing to condemn Moscow’s invasion of its European neighbour, and last month strongly denied US claims that it was mulling arms shipments to support Russia’s war.
Beijing recently said that it hopes to play a constructive role in resolving the geopolitical tensions between Russia and Ukraine and came up with the peace plan in the form of a 12-point foreign ministry paper for a gradual de-escalation between the warring nations.
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