Beijing's position paper ‘good sign,’ but Kyiv expects more support, Ukrainian diplomat says

24 February, 01:20 PM
Zhanna Leshchynska (Photo:Посольство України в Китаї/Embassy of Ukraine in China/Facebook)

Zhanna Leshchynska (Photo:Посольство України в Китаї/Embassy of Ukraine in China/Facebook)

China’s "document with a position on the settlement" of the full-scale war is a "good sign" but Beijing ought to cooperate more with Kyiv, Charge d'Affaires of Ukraine in Beijing Zhanna Leshchynska said at an event in the Chinese capital on Feb. 24, CNN reports.

According to Leshchynska, China should do "everything in its power to stop the war and restore peace in Ukraine" and call on Russia to withdraw its troops.

"In neutrality, China should talk to both sides: Russia and Ukraine, and now we can see China is not talking to Ukraine," the diplomat said.

“At the moment we see that China is not supporting Ukraine in its efforts.”

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Leshchynska called the fact that Beijing has released a "position paper" a "good sign" because it shows that "China is trying to be involved more in the global effort to end the war in Ukraine." At the same time, Leshchynska emphasized: Kyiv would like to see Beijing "more active."

On Feb. 24, China released a 12-point "position paper" on Russia's full-scale war against Ukraine. In particular, Beijing speaks of respect for territorial integrity, calls for negotiations, opposes "unilateral sanctions" and opposes the use of nuclear weapons. At the same time, in its position, China does not condemn Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine and the war crimes of the aggressor state.

Throughout the year of the all-out war, China refrained from criticizing Russia and claims to be taking an "objective and fair position." In early January, the Financial Times cited five senior officials as saying that Russian dictator Vladimir Putin had not warned China of his plans for a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. One of the officials said that Putin had come closest to informing Xi Jinping, saying that Russia "does not rule out taking any possible measures if there is an attack on Russian territory."

In recent weeks, the United States and NATO have said they are concerned about China's possible plans to transfer weapons to Russia. Russia denies this.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has also said that Kyiv has not seen any such signs.

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