Foreign Minister Wang Yi calls for end to Russia-Ukraine conflict

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi held a telephonic conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba, with Beijing yet again calling to an end to the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

The call, made at Ukraine’s request, was the first reported high-level conversation between the countries since March 1, when Kuleba had requested Beijing to use its ties with Moscow to stop the conflict.

“Wars end eventually. The key is how to reflect on the pain, to maintain lasting security in Europe and establish a balanced, effective and sustainable European security mechanism,” said Wang, according to the ministry. “China stands ready to play a constructive role in this regard in an objective position.”

In a tweet, Kuleba wrote, “Grateful to my Chinese counterpart for solidarity with civilian victims.”

He went on to add, ”We both share the conviction that ending the war against Ukraine serves common interests of peace, global food security and international trade”.

In recent years, the Biden Administration’s foreign policy has pushed China closer to Russia. Beijing had cordial diplomatic ties and strong trade links with Ukraine and has so far refused to call Russia’s actions as an invasion. Russia terms its military offensive as a “special operation”.

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