The dictator of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenkowill travel next Tuesday to China for one state visit which will last until March 2, reported today the official Belarusian news agency BELT.
In his talks with the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinpingthe Belarusian president will address the development of the bilateral economic-commercial relationsinvestment projects, as well as “interaction in the political sphere”.
According to BELTA, the two leaders will also talk about the “most serious challenges of the current international situation”.
Belarus is the Russia’s main supporter in its military campaign in Ukrainebut its Armed Forces do not directly participate in the conflict.
This Friday the foreign ministers of Belarus and China, Sergei Aleynik and Qin Gangunderlined in a telephone conversation their support for peace negotiations in Ukraine as the only way to solve the conflict between Moscow and kyiv.
China submitted a document yesterday for a “political solution to the crisis in Ukraine”which includes among its twelve points respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of countries, a ceasefire, peace talksthe cessation of “unilateral sanctions”, but does not specifically contemplate the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukrainian territory.
Several of the 12 points outlined by China in the document issued this Friday, if carried out, would offer clear benefits to Russian President Vladimir Putin. That includes a ceasefire, which would freeze Russian troops on Ukrainian soil, as well as a call to immediately end all sanctions not backed by the UN Security Councilwhere Russia has veto power.
US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivanin statements to CNNHe dismissed the Chinese proposal, saying it should have ended after the first point, which calls for “respecting the sovereignty of all countries.”
“This war could end tomorrow, if Russia stopped attacking Ukraine and withdrew its forces,” he said.
When asked about the proposal, NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenbergsaid: “China does not have much credibility” in light of his failure to condemn Putin’s war.
But US and European officials worry that the Chinese proposal could get some traction in the global South, which has largely resisted calls to join sanctions against Russia.
The Chinese announcement came a day after the country abstained from a resolution of the United Nations who called for an end to the war. The measure was approved 141-7, with 32 abstentions. The resolution of the UN it included a demand for the withdrawal of Russian troops from the territory of Ukraine.
The President of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelensky, promised to continue fighting until the Russian troops leave. Moscow has given no sign of stopping its attacks and continues to claim parts of eastern Ukraine and crimea as their territory after holding illegal referendums on annexation.
Since the outbreak of the conflict, which today has entered its second year, Beijing has avoided condemning Russia for his military campaign in the Ukraine and has accused NATO and the United States of going after him for “failing to take into account the legitimate security concerns” of Moscow.
(With information from EFE and Bloomberg)
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