After Dialogue With Ukraine: China Announces Support for Peaceful Solution to the Conflict

Written by Henrik Rothen

Feb.18 - 2024 6:12 PM CET

Wang Yi  - Photo: NIDS/NATO Multimedia Library
Wang Yi - Photo: NIDS/NATO Multimedia Library
The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, following dialogue with Ukraine, declared its support for a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

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The conflict in Ukraine must be resolved through negotiations. This was stated by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs after a meeting between the heads of the foreign ministries of China and Ukraine - Wang Yi and Dmytro Kuleba - within the framework of the Munich Security Conference.

"Wang Yi outlined China's principal position on the Ukrainian issue, emphasizing that China insists on a political settlement of acute issues, on achieving peace, and promoting negotiations, without fanning the flames or adding fuel to the fire," the statement read. China also opposes the sale of lethal weapons to the parties involved in the conflict.

Kuleba mentioned on X that he had presented Ukraine's vision for its participation in the upcoming global summit in Switzerland to his Chinese counterpart.

The sides also discussed trade.

Beijing and Kyiv hope to develop relations regardless of the international situation.

A summit on Ukraine is scheduled to take place in Switzerland this year. It is likely to discuss the Ukrainian peace plan. According to it, negotiations between Moscow and Kyiv should proceed on the condition that Russian forces withdraw from the special operation zone.

The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, considers the peace formula from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to be "empty." Russia insists on negotiations in which the positions of Russian forces in the 'special military' operation zone will be maintained.