A year into the fighting, Moscow rejects China’s peace proposal for the Ukraine war as Beijing grows more involved.
The Chinese plan for peace in Ukraine is not appropriate, according to the Kremlin.
This week, China unveiled a peace plan, but the West has expressed doubt about it.
The US has issued a warning that Beijing may give Russia weaponry to use in Ukraine.
On Monday, the Kremlin rejected China’s peace proposal for the conflict in Ukraine, arguing that this is not the right time to pursue it.
According to the Moscow Times, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated on Monday, “We paid a lot of attention to our Chinese friends’ proposal.” He continued, “At the moment, we don’t see any of the conditions that are required to end this entire saga in peace.”
The Russian Foreign Ministry praised Beijing for the latest proposal on Friday, but emphasized that any peace agreement would need to take into account “new territorial realities” in Ukraine. This development came after that.
Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, formally annexed four areas of Ukraine in September and declared them to be a part of his country. Moscow also asserts authority over Crimea, a Black Sea peninsula that Russia illegitimately acquired during its invasion of Ukraine in 2014.
Ukraine has insisted that it will not consent to any peace agreement that calls for it to lose land to Russia. Although the territorial integrity of each nation is called for in China’s peace proposal, Russian forces are not pushed out of occupied Ukrainian territory.
While exercising prudence, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy did not openly reject China’s proposition. Zelenskyy declared that he desired a meeting with China President Xi Jinping to discuss the strategy as Ukraine observed the one-year anniversary of the Russian invasion on Friday.
According to the Associated Press, Zelenskyy stated at a news conference, “I believe that the fact that China started talking about Ukraine is not terrible.” “But the matter is what comes after the words. The steps and their intended destination are in debate.”
When it comes to the conflict in Ukraine, China has asserted its neutrality, but Western opponents have sneered at this assertion and charged Beijing with covertly supporting Russia’s aggressive invasion. China, which frequently supports Russia in geopolitical disputes, has declared a cooperation with Moscow that has no bounds.
When the West imposed sanctions on Moscow in reaction to the conflict, Beijing criticized the West but avoided denouncing Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. State-run Chinese media has also parroted Kremlin propaganda over the crisis.
Beijing appears to be adopting a more aggressive stance toward the war in Ukraine as it approaches its second year, and the West has taken notice. The Biden administration has been particularly critical of the Chinese government as China swings toward deeper involvement amid long-standing tensions between Washington and Beijing.
In an interview with ABC that aired on Sunday, US Vice President Joe Biden claimed that Russia would gain significantly from China’s plan. Nothing in the proposal, according to Biden, “would suggest that there is something that would be advantageous to anyone other than Russia if the Chinese plan were followed.”
Days after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken issued a warning that Beijing would supply Moscow with deadly weapons for use in Ukraine, China likewise announced its peace proposal. These kinds of warnings have also been made by the CIA.
According to CIA Director Bill Burns, “We’re convinced that the Chinese leadership is considering the provision of lethal weaponry,” in an interview with CBS News that aired on Friday.
Burns added that China had not yet taken a “final decision” over whether or not to send deadly aid to Moscow.
While blaming the US of inflaming the conflict by supplying Ukraine with weapons, China has categorically denied reports that it is considering delivering armaments to Russia.