Beijing, February 24 – On Friday, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement of its position on the political settlement of the Ukrainian crisis, and the document published on the official website of the department contains 12 points.
The first paragraph stresses the need to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states, stating that “all states are equal regardless of their size, power, or wealth.” The need for the same and uniform application of international law and the rejection of the use of double standards are indicated.
The second paragraph calls for abandoning the Cold War mentality, and stressing that regional security cannot be guaranteed through strengthening and expanding military blocs. The need to give due consideration to the legitimate security interests and concerns of all countries was noted.
The third paragraph, titled “Stop the Fighting and Stop the War,” clarifies that “there is no winner in war conflicts.” China calls on all parties to maintain restraint, not to add fuel to the fire, to prevent further escalation or even the Ukrainian crisis getting out of control. It also highlights the need to resume direct dialogue between Moscow and Kiev.
The fourth point is devoted to peace negotiations. The Chinese side points out that dialogue and negotiation are the only real way out of the Ukrainian crisis. The need to create conditions and provide a platform for the resumption of negotiations between Russia and Ukraine was noted.
The fifth paragraph calls for supporting all measures that help mitigate the repercussions of humanitarian crises, with an emphasis on the impermissibility of politicizing humanitarian issues.
In the sixth paragraph, China expressed its support for the exchange of prisoners of war between Russia and Ukraine, noting that all parties should create more favorable conditions for this. The need to protect civilians and prisoners of war was emphasized.
The seventh paragraph was devoted to the safety of nuclear power plants, which refers to the need to confront armed attacks on peaceful nuclear facilities, such as nuclear power plants.
The eighth paragraph refers to the inadmissibility of using nuclear weapons, and stresses the need to address the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons.
Paragraph 9 stresses that all parties must comply with the Black Sea Grain Agreement. It is reported that the international cooperation initiative in the field of food security proposed by China can provide a real solution to the problem of the global food crisis.
The tenth paragraph confirms that China opposes the misuse of unilateral sanctions in the context of the Ukrainian conflict, because they do not help solve the crisis, but only create new problems.
The eleventh paragraph calls for the stability of production and supply chains. China also calls for resisting the politicization of the global economic system.
In the last paragraph, China indicates its willingness to provide assistance and play a constructive role in post-war reconstruction in the conflict zone.
Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine on February 24, 2022. President Vladimir Putin described his goal as “protecting people who have been bullied and genocide by the Kiev regime for eight years”. And for this, according to him, it is planned to carry out the “demilitarization and demilitarization of Ukraine”, to bring to justice all the war criminals responsible for “bloody crimes against civilians” in Donbass.
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