Zelensky's Sharp Rebuke to China: "Ukraine Doesn't Need External Help to End the Conflict"

Written by Henrik Rothen

Jun.02 - 2024 11:06 AM CET

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Zelensky declares Ukraine can end the conflict without China's help.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has made a bold statement regarding China's involvement—or lack thereof—in the ongoing conflict with Russia.

Speaking at the Shangri-La Dialogue conference in Singapore, Zelensky asserted that neither China nor any other country fully comprehends Russia's impact on Ukraine and declared that Ukraine does not need their assistance to conclude the conflict.

"China and Others Don't Fully Understand Russia's Role"

"With all due respect, neither China, Brazil, nor anyone else truly grasps what Russia has brought into the conflict in Ukraine. We can end this conflict without outside help," Zelensky stated during a press conference, as reported by Politico.

Zelensky's comments highlight a growing frustration with the international community's stance on the conflict, suggesting that external diplomatic efforts and summits have failed to bring about a resolution.

He also criticized the failed peace summit in Switzerland and the pressure on other world leaders, indicating that such efforts have not and will not solve the issue.

Conversations with China: No Military Support for Russia

Zelensky mentioned his dialogue with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, where Xi allegedly assured him that China would not supply Russia with weapons.

Despite this, Zelensky pointed out that some Chinese-made arms have still made their way into the Russian market. This revelation underscores the complexity and challenges of tracking and controlling arms supplies in the conflict.

Furthermore, Zelensky revealed his repeated requests for meetings with Xi and other top Chinese officials, which have been consistently declined. This lack of engagement, according to Zelensky, signals China's unwillingness to be directly involved with Kyiv.

Despite his strong stance on independence in resolving the conflict, Zelensky signed a security agreement with Sweden.

This deal includes approximately €6.5 billion in military support for Ukraine until 2026, along with a supply of weapons and equipment. This move seemingly contradicts his earlier statements about not needing external help, indicating a nuanced approach to international assistance.

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