China calls for Russia-Ukraine peace talks

Talks without preconditions are the only way out of the Ukraine crisis, said Foreign Minister Wang Yi

Moscow and Kyiv should resume dialogue “Unconditional” or assuming the outcome, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Thursday at a UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine.

Consistent with China’s “Consistent and clear” Taking a neutral position on the conflict in Ukraine, the minister reiterated that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of each country must be respected and the security concerns of all parties must be taken seriously.

The only way out of the conflict is through “dialogue and negotiation” Wang said.

“The main priority of the parties is to continue the dialogue without preconditions,” he said, calling on all participants in the conflict to show up “restraint.” China is ready to support “any effort that could help resolve the crisis,” he added.

He welcomed the positive role played by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which sent a mission to Ukraine’s Zaporozhye nuclear plant this month, saying “There is no room for trial and error” when it comes to the safety of nuclear facilities. Among other priorities, Wang also mentioned easing the humanitarian situation and ensuring the security of global food and energy markets.

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A Chinese publication called Ukraine the “biggest loser” of the conflict.

According to Wang, supporting the UN international system is a priority to prevent “any hot war or the so-called new cold war.”

During a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday, Wang also expressed hope that all parties to the conflict “Refrain from abandoning dialogue efforts and resolve security issues through peace talks.”

Kyiv and Moscow have not returned to the negotiating table since talks in Istanbul at the end of March collapsed. Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia was ready to end the conflict “As soon as possible” but claimed that Kiev is not ready to negotiate peace.

On Wednesday, Putin announced the partial mobilization of Russian reservists and said his country was now fighting “the entire western war machine” in Ukraine. Kiev’s Western backers responded to these statements by pledging to maintain or even increase support for Ukraine and continue to put pressure on Moscow.