The foreign minister of Russia, Sergey Lavrovresumed talks with his counterpart Chinese, who gangby a peace proposal about the war in Ukraine.
The meeting between the two officials took place in the coastal state of Goa, in the Indiain the previous meeting of the foreign ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
Beijing has positioned itself as a mediator in search of a peaceful exit to the war conflict that began in February 2022. In March, Xi Jinping presented to the Russian president, Vladimir Putina document with 12 points to end the confrontation.
Among the proposals in the letter, the West was urged to put an end to the sanctions imposed on Moscow and asked to adopt measures to prevent attacks on civilians and guarantee the safety of nuclear facilities, the creation of humanitarian corridors for the population and the guarantee of grain export.
Likewise, the need to put end the “cold war mentality” and the respect for the “legitimate security concerns of countries”although the latter was seen by the West as a nod to Putin’s demands for a neutral, non-NATO Ukraine.
Later, in April, Xi Jinping held a “long and meaningful call” with the Ukrainian presidentVolodymyr Zelensky, the first between both leaders since the start of the invasion. In it Zelensky raised the guidelines of his own decalogue for peace that demands the Russian withdrawalthe restoration of sovereignty on the 1991 borders and guarantees for the end of war actionsamong other.
The role of China as a mediator in the conflict has generated controversy among the actors involved. Moscow sees the proposal as a good basis for future negotiations while kyiv hopes it can harness Beijing’s influence over Putin to restore peace.
While, USA disbelieves in the mediation of China, whom he accuses of being “anything but an honest broker”. Instead, he accused him of providing the Kremlin with “dynamic support, political support, financial support and rhetorical support.”
Lavrov and Gang coincided, on the other hand, in the “unacceptability of the modern practices of neocolonialismwhich have a destructive impact on the development of most states of the world and on all spheres of international relations”.
In addition to addressing “hot topics, including efforts to peacefully resolve the Ukraine crisis,” Russian diplomacy reported that the officials discussed current international issues, with an emphasis on the situation in the Ukraine region. Asia and the Pacific“in the context of the growing activity of extra-regional actors to create several blocks that undermine the system of security and stability” in the zone.
Likewise, they exchanged opinions on the current state and the perspectives to achieve a greater development of the activities of the SCO -formed by Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan- which “has a growing authority in matters worldwide and a key importance in the regional security architecture”, added the note released by the Foreign Ministry.
Finally, both officials discussed the development of their bilateral relations “in the context of growing geopolitical instability” and agreed on their intention to coordinate meetings with the UN, the SCO, the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), the RIC (Russia, India and China), the G20 and others key international organizations and dialogue mechanisms.
(With information from EFE)
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