China on Wednesday called on Ukraine and Russia to kick-start peace talks just hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin escalated the war by mobilizing conscripts to join the fight.
“We call on the parties concerned to resolve the issue through dialogue and negotiation and find a solution that accommodates all parties’ legitimate security concerns,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Wang Wenbin told reporters. “We also hope the international community will create conditions and space for that.”
Wenbin’s comments echoed talking points Beijing has spouted since Russia invaded Ukraine nearly seven months ago, accusing the West of prolonging the war by not taking seriously Russia’s alleged security concerns.
When asked China’s position regarding Russia’s announcement this week that it intends to hold “referendums” on annexing at least four regions in Ukraine, including the Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson areas, Wenbin said Beijing’s stance was “consistent and clear.”
“We believe that all countries deserve respect for their sovereignty and territorial integrity, that the purposes and principles of the U. N. Charter should be observed, that the legitimate security concerns of any country should be taken seriously,” he added…. (Read more)