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Ukraine Urges China To Play A Clearer Role To Stop The War


China has resisted pressure from Western countries to condemn Russian aggression.

London:

Ukraine wants China to play a “more significant role” in stopping the war waged by Russia on its territory and also to be a guarantor of its future security, a senior aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Tuesday.

Andriy Yermak, who heads Zelenskiy’s office, also said he expects dialogue “soon” between Ukrainian leaders and Chinese President Xi Jinping, without commenting further.

China, no. 2, has long established closer energy, trade and security relations with Russia but is also Ukraine’s largest trading partner. It has resisted pressure from Western countries to condemn Russian aggression.

“So far we have seen China’s neutral position. And, as I said before, we believe that China … should play a more significant role in bringing this (one) war to an end and in building a new global security system,” he said. Yermak told a virtual news conference organized by the think tank Chatham House in London.

“We also expect China to contribute meaningfully to this new security system for Ukraine and we also expect China to be one of the guarantors in the framework of this security system,” he said, speaking through an interpreter.

“We treat China with respect and we expect it to play a pro-active role there.”

SAFETY ASSURANCE

Prior to the Russian invasion, Kyiv had said it wanted security guarantees from superpowers, calling the existing global security architecture “almost broken”.

China and Russia are permanent members of the UN Security Council, along with the United States, Britain and France.

Ukraine, a former Soviet republic, aspires to join NATO and the European Union, but Moscow firmly opposes the plan. Beijing has also criticized NATO’s eastern expansion.

The United States warned China last week not to help Russia in the Ukraine invasion, which began on February 24th.

Beijing has said it wants a diplomatic solution to the conflict, and it supports the territorial integrity of both Russia and Ukraine, while recognizing Moscow’s “legitimate” security concerns.

Moscow said what it called a “special military operation” aimed at disarming Ukraine and rid it of dangerous nationalists who threatened its own security. Kyiv and Western countries say this is an excuse to wage war without provocation against a sovereign democracy.

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