China calls on Russia, Ukraine to engage in ‘dialogue and consultation’

21 September, 04:41 PM
Official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China Wang Wenbin (Photo:press office of the Chinese Embassy in the USA)

Official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China Wang Wenbin (Photo:press office of the Chinese Embassy in the USA)

The Chinese foreign ministry has urged Russia and Ukraine to engage in dialogue and consultation and find a way to “address their security concerns,” UK news channel Sky News reported on Sept. 21.

Beijing was reacting to the announcement of a partial mobilization in Russia by Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.

“China’s position on Ukraine is consistent and clear,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a media briefing.

China has failed to publically condemn Russia’s unprovoked full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

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Russian dictator Vladimir Putin early on Sept. 21 declared a partial mobilization in Russia and his readiness to use nuclear weapons in the event of a “threat to the territorial integrity” of Russia.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that 300,000 reservists would be called up during the partial mobilization.

Earlier, on Sept. 20, the Russian State Duma, the Kremlin’s rubber-stamp parliament, rushed through votes introducing the concepts of “mobilization,” “martial law,” and “armed conflict” into Russia’s Criminal Code.

Now in Russia, desertion, absence from service and voluntary surrender will be punished more severely.

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