Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to send a delegation to Minsk to negotiate with Ukrainian representatives after holding a phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping, who conveyed China’s support for Moscow in its efforts to resolve the dispute. Ukraine crisis through dialogue.
According to a statement on the Chinese Foreign Ministry website, Xi called on all parties to abandon the Cold War mentality, respect the legitimate security concerns of all countries, and form a balanced, effective European security mechanism. and sustainable through negotiation.
Xi said that China respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries.
Meanwhile, the Kremlin said Xi respected Russia’s actions and was ready for close coordination and mutual support at the United Nations, where both are permanent veto members of the Security Council.
According to the Kremlin, Putin told Xi that Russia’s military operation in Ukraine was necessary to protect people against “genocide,” an accusation the West calls baseless propaganda.
Putin also told Xi that the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization had long ignored Russia’s legitimate security concerns, repeatedly reneged on their commitments, and continued to expand military deployment eastward, in defiance of Russia’s strategic objective. , according to the statement on the Chinese Foreign Ministry website. .
Russia is ready to conduct high-level negotiations with Ukraine, Putin was quoted as saying in the statement.
However, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made the talks conditional on Ukraine’s military laying down its arms.
He said that Moscow did not want “neo-Nazis” to rule Ukraine.
Russia thrown out its operation on land, air and sea on Thursday following President Vladimir Putin’s declaration of war.
china has refused to call Russia’s action in Ukraine an “invasion” or criticize Moscow.