EU’s top diplomat slams China’s “position paper”
Josep Borrell (Photo:REUTERS/Johanna Geron)
China’s “position paper” regarding Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine is not really a peace plan, the European External Action Service reported on Feb. 26, citing EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell.
“China introduced its ‘position paper’ on a political settlement,” Borrell said.
“It is not really a peace plan and mostly reiterates well-known Chinese positions, some of which we share while important ones are missing.”
According to the diplomat, the European Union will definitely analyze the document.
“But it is already clear that the key problem is that it does not really distinguish aggressor from the victim, putting the parties at an equal level,” he said.
Borrell believes that it is necessary to achieve peace, taking into account the UNGA resolution and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s peace plan.
“I also reiterated that the EU is committed to uphold international law everywhere and that we would continue our global engagement to reduce suffering and work for peace around the world,” he said.
China released a 12-point position paper on Feb. 24, in which it calls for a political settlement to the conflict and called for a resumption of peace talks, an end to unilateral sanctions, and stressed its opposition to the use of nuclear weapons.
At the same time, nowhere in the paper does China condemn Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, or Russian war crimes.
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