China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, on Saturday called for new talks to avoid a major conflict over Ukraine, arguing that a series of truces from 2014-15 could form the basis for a agree.
Said by video link to the Munich Security ConferenceIt is still possible to find a middle ground, respecting Ukraine’s sovereignty, while addressing security concerns of Russia, an increasingly close geopolitical partner of China, Wang said.
The template for a solution to the volatile tensions, Wang said, lies in the truce blueprint known as the Minsk accords, which Ukraine accepted in 2014 and 2015 in an unsuccessful attempt to defuse it. conflict in his east. Russian-backed separatists attacked and seized territory there after Ukrainian protesters ousted a pro-Russian president in 2014. The agreements are notoriously vague, and Russia and Ukraine interpret them. they are very different.
“Now we need to go back to the original solution of the Minsk agreement, because that agreement has been reached by all parties involved in this issue,” Wang said, speaking through an English interpreter.
“Why can’t all parties come together to have an in-depth discussion and come up with a roadmap and timetable for the implementation of this agreement?” he say. “I believe this is something that all parties need to focus on, rather than inflating tensions and causing panic.”
French President Emmanuel Macron also suggested that the accords could form the basis for a solution to the impasse over Ukraine.
Earlier this month, China’s leader, Xi Jinping, hosted Russian President Vladimir V. Putin at the opening of the Beijing Winter Olympics, and the two declared that the friendship between the two countries “has no boundaries.” term”. Xi also supports Russia on one of its security demands: NATO stop expanding eastward, closer to Russia’s borders.
In his latest remarks, Wang also questioned any NATO expansion, calling the security bloc a relic of the Cold War. “Russia’s legitimate concerns also need to be respected and taken into account,” he said.
But Mr. Wang denied that by going to Ukraine, China had abandoned its longstanding commitment to the importance of national sovereignty.
“The sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of any country should be respected and protected,” he said. “Ukraine is no exception.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/19/world/europe/chinas-foreign-minister-calls-for-new-negotiations-and-respect-for-territorial-integrity.html China’s foreign minister called for new talks and respect for ‘territorial integrity.’