Beijing is seeking to find a negotiated solution for the Ukraine crisis and will continue its constructive role to accomplish this mission, the Chinese foreign ministry has said.
Speaking on the sidelines of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly on Friday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said his Ukrainian counterpart, Dmitry Kuleba, that China has “always advocated for peace and will continue to play a constructive role [in settling the Ukrainian crisis].”
“As a responsible major power and a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, China has always been committed to preserving peace and settling crises via negotiation,” Wang said, stressing that his country has “never stood on the sidelines, has never added fuel to the fire and has never used [the crisis] as an opportunity to capitalize financially.”
Kuleba, in his turn, said that China’s global position and influence are of high importance for Ukraine. He called on the Chinese authorities to play an important role in alleviating the current crisis.
The Ukrainian foreign minister reiterated his country's support for the one-China policy and for safeguarding Beijing’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The development came in the wake of the Chinese top diplomat’s efforts yesterday to call on Russia and Ukraine, as the conflicting sides, to sit down at the negotiating table to discuss their concerns and suggest possible ways of settling them.
He urged the sides to refrain from escalating the tensions and called on the international community to provide the grounds for reconciliation between Moscow and Kiev.
Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine in late February, following Kiev’s failure to implement the terms of the 2014 Minsk agreements and Moscow’s recognition of the breakaway regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.
At the time, Russian President Vladimir Putin said one of the goals of what he called a “special military operation” was to “de-Nazify” Ukraine.
Meanwhile, the Chinese foreign minister also met his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday on the sidelines of the UNGA, where he stressed the importance of deepening strategic cooperation, taking an active part in global governance, opposing unilateralism and power politics, and upholding justice for developing countries.
Wang also defended Russia’s membership in the UN and noted that no one can deprive Moscow of the important role it plays at the UN.