Russia not ready for any peace talks, says EU official
Peter Stano (Photo:twitter.com/ExtSpoxEU)
The European Union does not see any signs of Russia’s readiness for peace negotiations, European Commission spokesperson Peter Stano said during a press conference in Brussels on March 13.
Commenting on China’s “position paper” regarding Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine, Stano said that Russia remains very cold and indifferent to any significant peace proposals.
At the same time, according to the official, Russia continues to escalate its atrocities against the Ukrainian civilian population and civil infrastructure.
Stano also emphasized that when it comes to Ukraine and Russia, China has taken one side and refuses to recognize who is the aggressor and who is the victim.
He added that despite peaceful initiatives, including from China, Russia’s response is not constructive and it is not ready to stop its bloodshed in Ukraine.
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.
U.S. President Joe Biden rejected China’s “position paper,” saying that it’s only beneficial to Russia.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy considers it positive that Beijing started talking about Ukraine, but he didn’t agree with some points of the document.
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