After a week of pressure at the UN General Assembly, Russia’s Foreign Minister stepped into the UN General Assembly’s rostrum to deliver an impassioned rebuke to Western countries for what he called a “strange” campaign against Russia.
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But no major powers have rallied behind Russia, including China, which just days before its February invasion of Ukraine had pledged to forge an “unbreakable” bond with President Vladimir Putin.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi asked Russia and Ukraine to “keep the crisis from spreading” and influencing developing countries.
“China supports all efforts conducive to a peaceful settlement of the Ukraine crisis. The urgent priority is to facilitate talks for peace,” Wang said.
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“The fundamental solution is to address the legitimate security concerns of all parties and build a balanced, effective and sustainable security architecture,” he continued.
During his visit to the United Nations, Wang met with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. This was their first conversation since the war began. Earlier this month, Putin acknowledged China’s “concerns” about Ukraine during a meeting with his counterpart Xi Jinping.
US officials have been heartened by what they see as China’s lack of real support for the war and say Beijing has rejected requests to send military equipment to Russia. This forced Russia to rely on North Korea and Iran for military supplies.