China, US on Ukraine crisis: “We urge everyone to remain calm”

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken spoke by telephone yesterday.

“We urge all parties to remain calm and refrain from actions that provoke tensions and exacerbate the crisis,” Wang told Blinken, according to a statement from China’s Foreign Ministry.

Russia demands the withdrawal of NATO forces and weapons from Eastern Europe and demands that NATO commit itself never to admit Ukraine into its membership.

The United States and its NATO allies have rejected the demands and are offering diplomatic talks on a range of security issues, including arms control and confidence-building measures.

“Secretary of State Blinken has conveyed the message that de-escalation and diplomacy are the only responsible step forward,” the State Department said in a statement. Wang and Blinken also discussed global security, as well as the risks of potential Russian aggression against Ukraine, the US statement added.

Wang, alluding to Russia’s opposition to NATO expansion into eastern Europe, told Blinken that one country’s security could not be to the detriment of others and that regional security could not be guaranteed by strengthening or even expanding military alliances. announced the Chinese Ministry.

“To resolve the Ukraine issue, we need to go back to the Minsk agreements, the starting point,” Wang said, referring to the agreements signed in 2014 and 2015 in the Belarusian capital, which Kiev refuses to implement.

“The new Minsk agreement, approved by the UN Security Council, is the basic political document that is recognized by all parties and should be implemented effectively. “As long as the efforts are made in accordance with the direction and spirit of the agreement, China will support them,” he said.

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