China renews its call to Russia and Ukraine to resume talks as soon as possible
In its speech to the Security Council on Friday, China called on Russia and Ukraine to resume peace talks as soon as possible, and called on the international community to create favorable conditions for that.
The Security Council is holding a session today to discuss the repercussions of Moscow’s withdrawal from the grain export agreement on global prices amid the continued Russian bombing of Ukraine’s ports, which Washington considered an attempt to re-impose the Russian blockade on one of the largest food exporters in the world.
China’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Geng Shuang, said in his speech: “China once again urges the two parties to the conflict to resume peace talks as soon as possible, and calls on the international community to create appropriate conditions for this.”
Last month, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning said that the Ukraine crisis was initially an avoidable tragedy and its development into the current situation is a painful lesson.
Last February, the Chinese authorities proposed their peace plan on the Ukrainian crisis, which includes 12 items, including calls for a ceasefire, respect for the legitimate interests of all countries in the field of security, and a settlement of the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.
According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, many points of the Chinese peace plan can be considered the basis for a settlement when the West and Kiev are ready for it.
The counterattack did not produce any results
Earlier today, Putin announced, in a speech during a meeting of the Russian Security Council, that the counterattack launched by Ukraine to repel Russian forces in the south and east of the country had not achieved any results, despite Western financial and military support.
Putin said: “Neither the huge resources that have been pumped into the Kiev regime nor Western supplies of weapons, tanks, artillery, armored vehicles and missiles help” Ukraine, stressing that it has not achieved “any result so far.”
The Russian president warned that aggression against Belarus would be tantamount to aggression against Russia, and that Moscow would respond “by all means” at its disposal.