Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba asked China to provide security guarantees for Kiev, in a lengthy interview that included direct criticism of Moscow and was recently published by media state in Beijing.
Western powers and Ukraine have repeatedly urged China to condemn the Russian invasion, while Beijing is trying to maintain a seemingly neutral stance and the US threatens it with consequences if it provides military or economic support to Moscow.
“Ukraine is currently studying the possibility of obtaining security guarantees from permanent members of the UN Security Council, including China and other major powers,” Dmytro Kuleba said Saturday, citing the Xinhua news agency.
“We propose that China become one of the guarantors of Ukraine’s security, and this is a sign of our respect and trust in the People’s Republic of China,” he added.
China pledged in 2013 to provide Ukraine with “security guarantees” should it be invaded or threatened by a nuclear attack, but it has appeared evasive on the same issue in the wake of the Russian attack.
In response to a question about safeguards last month, a spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry stressed that “these security guarantees have clear limits in their content and are activated. in specific circumstances “, referring to a similar UN security resolution on non-nuclear states.
Chinese officials have frequently accused US-led NATO of provoking the invasion of Moscow and accused Western countries of fueling the conflict by sending weapons in Ukraine.
Kuleba has only made two phone calls with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi since the invasion began on February 24, while Wang met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. in China last month, stressing that cooperation between the two countries “has no limits”.
In an interview with Xinhua, Kuleba also accused Russia of “undermining” Beijing’s “Belt and Road” infrastructure initiative, warning that the consequences of the global food security crisis would threaten the Chinese economy.
“We also believe that this war is not in China’s interest,” the agency said.
“The situation is not getting worse because of Ukraine, we are exercising our right to defend ourselves,” he said. in an apparent response to Chinese warnings to other countries supplying arms to Kiev.
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