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Russian nuclear threats: Beijing calls for a “ceasefire”

PublishedSeptember 21, 2022, 4:47 PM

War in UkraineRussian nuclear threats: Beijing wants a “ceasefire through dialogue”

After Vladimir Putin’s warnings in the event of a Ukrainian attack on the “annexed” regions, China calls for calm, NATO denounces, kyiv “does not believe in it” and Washington “takes it seriously”.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin. considers, with regard to the war in Ukraine and Russian nuclear threats, that “all efforts conducive to a peaceful resolution of crises must be supported”.

AFP

China called on Wednesday for a “ceasefire through dialogue” in the conflict in Ukraine, and insisted on the need to respect “the territorial integrity of all countries”, after an address by the Russian president Vladimir Putin announcing a partial military mobilization.

“The sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries must be respected, the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations must be followed, the legitimate security concerns of all countries must be taken into account, and all efforts conducive to peaceful resolution of crises should be supported,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said.

“The sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries must be respected.”

Wang Wenbin, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson

“We call on the parties concerned to establish a ceasefire through dialogue and consultation, and to find a solution that addresses the legitimate security concerns of all parties, as soon as possible,” he said. added. “China stands ready to work with the international community to continue to play a constructive role in de-escalating the situation.”

Beijing did not condemn Moscow

Vladimir Putin decreed, on Wednesday morning, a partial mobilization and promised to use “all available means” from his vast arsenal to protect his territory, in particular against Westerners, after the announcement, by Ukrainian regions controlled by Moscow, of the organization, this week, of “referendums” of annexation by Russia.

China has repeatedly said it defends the sovereignty of all countries involved in the conflict, but has refused to condemn Russia’s actions. Last week, Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping met in Uzbekistan, and rallied Asian leaders behind a new “international order” that defied Western influence.

“Dangerous rhetoric” or “irresponsible”, “act of desperation”

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday denounced Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “dangerous nuclear rhetoric” on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. “It’s not new, he’s done it many times before,” added the Norwegian. “We will remain calm and continue to support Ukraine.”

“Putin is only making things worse. From the start, he completely underestimated the situation and the Ukrainians’ will to resist.”

Olaf Scholz, German chancellor

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has called the Russian president’s recent decisions an “act of desperation”. Vladimir “Putin only makes things worse. From the start, he completely underestimated the situation and the Ukrainians’ will to resist”. “Russia cannot win this deadly war,” he said.

For their part, the United States “takes seriously” the Russian threat, said a spokesperson for the White House, announcing “severe consequences” if the Russian president took action. “It’s irresponsible rhetoric from a nuclear power, but it’s not inconsistent with the way he’s been speaking for seven months,” said John Kirby, spokesman for the National Security Council.

“The world will not let it happen”

Finally, the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, does not “believe” in the use of nuclear weapons by Moscow, he declared on Wednesday in an interview with the German channel Bild TV. “I don’t think the world will let it go,” he said.

(AFP)

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