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Putin supports China's peace plan for Ukraine: “Beijing understands conflict”

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview published on Wednesday morning (15) that he supports China's plan for a peaceful solution to the crisis in Ukraine, asserting that Beijing has a complete understanding of what is behind it. of the crisis.

In an interview with Chinese news agency Xinhua ahead of his visit to Beijing this week, Putin said Russia remained open to dialogue and negotiations to resolve the more than two-year-old conflict.

For Putin, China's plan and other “principles” made public by President Xi Jinping last month took into account the factors behind the conflict.

“We are positive in our assessment of China's approach to resolving the Ukrainian crisis,” the Russian president said, according to a Russian-language transcript on the Kremlin website.

“In Beijing, they really understand its fundamental causes and its global geopolitical significance,” he said, adding that the additional principles, laid out by Xi in talks with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, were “realistic and constructive steps” that “develop the idea of need to overcome the cold war mentality”.

Beijing presented a 12-point document more than a year ago that laid out general principles for ending the war but did not go into specific details.

At the time, the document received a lukewarm reception in both Russia and Ukraine, while the US said China was presenting itself as a peacemaker but reflecting Russia's “false narrative” and failing to condemn the invasion.

Last month, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the proposal a “reasonable plan that the great Chinese civilization has proposed for discussion.”

Xi's additional principles require a “cooling down” of the situation, conditions to restore peace and create stability and minimize impacts on the world economy.

Russia sees the conflict as a fight against the “collective West,” which failed to take Moscow’s security concerns into account when promoting NATO’s eastward expansion and military activity near its borders.

Russia calls its actions in Ukraine a “special operation” to disarm Ukraine and protect it from fascists. Ukraine and the West say the fascist allegation is baseless and that the war is an unprovoked act of aggression.

Russia and China proclaimed a “boundless” relationship just days before Moscow launches its invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, but Beijing has so far avoided supplying live weapons and ammunition to Russia’s war effort.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's peace plan calls for the withdrawal of Russian troops, the restoration of its 1991 post-Soviet borders and holding Russia accountable for its actions.

A “peace summit” is scheduled for Switzerland in June. But Russia was not invited, rejects the initiative as meaningless and says negotiations must take into account “new realities”.

China participated in some preparatory talks for the summit, and Ukraine made great efforts to persuade it to participate.

Source: CNN Brasil

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