China’s Defense Ministry says sanctions will not help resolve conflict in Ukraine

Beijing does not support the conflict in Ukraine, but at the same time believes that sanctions pressure will not help correct the situation, but will only complicate it, said the Chinese defense minister

China does not believe that anti-Russian sanctions can help resolve the conflict in Ukraine, said Defense Minister Wei Fenghe on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue conference; in Singapore.

«Conflict or war— this is the last thing China would like to see, at the same time we do not believe that maximum pressure or sanctions can solve the problem. They can even increase the tension and complicate the situation even more, — he explained (quote from RIA Novosti).

The Minister also stressed that Beijing has never provided material support to Russia in the framework of the Ukrainian crisis, and recalled that China supports the holding of peace talks between Moscow and Kyiv.

At the end of May, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that the situation in Ukraine “has reached a crossroads.” In his opinion, on the one hand, the conflict is dragging on and becoming more complicated, on the other hand— efforts to negotiate and achieve peace are accumulating. Wang Yi urged to make more efforts towards a peaceful settlement and not to “add fuel to the fire”.

Beijing has repeatedly urged other countries to focus on the process of achieving peace in Ukraine. In early April, the Chinese Foreign Minister emphasized that while peace talks were ongoing, “there is a possibility of a ceasefire and hope for peace.”

Russian-Ukrainian negotiations were actively going on in March, but by April the negotiation process stalled. Moscow claimed that Kyiv had abandoned the agreements reached in Istanbul on March 29. According to President Vladimir Putin, there was a “stalemate” in the negotiations.

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