EU’s top diplomat accepts only Zelenskyy’s ‘peace formula,’ rejects China’s ‘position paper’

5 May, 05:15 PM
Josep Borell (Photo:REUTERS/Johanna Geron)

Josep Borell (Photo:REUTERS/Johanna Geron)

The “peace formula” offered by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, but not China’s “position paper,” is the only plan for ending Russia’s war against Ukraine, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borell said on May 5.

The diplomat said that there was only one thing that can be called a peace plan, and that was Zelenskyy’s proposals.

At the same time, Borrell said China’s Feb, 24, 2023 “position paper” was not a peace plan, but merely “a set of wishes.”

The EU official also said he believes that the West must continue supporting Ukraine in the war unleashed by Russia.

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Borrell said he is sometimes urged to stop helping Kyiv. However, if this happens, the war in Ukraine will end, but Russia will soon be near the Polish borders, he said.

He added that it is Moscow, and not the West, that should be called upon to cease hostilities.

Zelenskyy presented a 10-point peace formula at the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia in November 2022. Its key points include the restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity, Russia’s complete withdrawal from the whole of Ukraine’s territory (including Crimea), the freeing of all prisoners of war, punishment for all war crimes, and security guarantees for the country’s future.

China’s 12-point “position paper” calls for a political settlement to the conflict and a resumption of peace talks, an end to unilateral sanctions, and stresses Beijing’s 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. Neither does it call for a withdrawal of all Russian troops from all of Ukraine’s territory, including Crimea.

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