“We want to express our concern about any proposal by China that is one-sided and reflects the Russian perspective,” they said from Washington.
Washington opposes an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and does not support China’s plan for a political settlement of the conflict, White House National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby said. quoted por The Wall Street Journal.
According to the US official, such a move would mean recognizing the accession of new territories that became part of Russia, while giving Moscow the opportunity to strengthen its positions and refresh its troops.
Kirby’s remarks come on the eve of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Russia, which will last from March 20 to 22.
Beijing’s “unilateral” proposals
“We also hope that President Xi will make direct contact with President (Vladimir) Zelensky, because we still believe that it is very important that he also listen to the Ukrainian side.” stressed Kirby.
“As (Putin and Xi) begin to plan their agenda, we want to express our concern about any proposals from China that sea unilateral and reflect the Russian perspective,” he added. “No doubt we do not support calls for a ceasefire that would be promoted by (the president of) the People’s Republic of China at the meeting in Moscow,” Kirby said.
At the end of February, China presented a plan to resolve the conflict in Ukraine. The document contains 12 points, among which are the resumption of dialogue, the ceasefire and the lifting of sanctions against Russia.
From Moscow they welcomed the proposal and the will of Beijing to resolve the conflict peacefully. However, the plan met with skepticism in the West. “Putin has applauded it, so how could it be good?asked US President Joe Biden.