Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed during his phone talks with Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky this week that Beijing’s core position on the conflict in Ukraine is to promote peace and talks.
Although Сhina’s 12-point plan on Ukraine is not a road map, it may help bring Moscow and Beijing to the negotiating table, journalist and political analyst KJ Noh said.
China’s Foreign Ministry, in turn, announced after the talks that it would send an envoy to Ukraine and other countries to help conduct in-depth communication with all parties to achieve a political settlement.
Touching upon Beijing’s 12-point peace plan on Ukraine, he called it pretty interesting, it’s essentially China’s position.
It’s not a road map, but it has some basic principles that come after those of the nonaligned movement, you know, respect for territorial integrity and sovereignty and then, you know, call for peace and cessation of hostilities, referring to the document as a mixed bag.
Noh argued that the plan can be used as a platform to start this process of moving towards a political settlement and that the timing is right.
There are a variety of environmental factors that create the possibility for some meaningful negotiation between Moscow and Kiev.
The remarks come a few days after Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova commented on the Xi-Zelensky talks, saying that Moscow notes Beijing’s readiness to establish a negotiation process to settle the conflict in Ukraine.
According to the Russian diplomat, Kiev is still rejecting any sensible initiatives aimed at a political and diplomatic settlement of the Ukrainian crisis, posing ultimatums with deliberately unrealistic demands.
This followed Beijing unveiling a 12-point document titled China’s Position on the Political Settlement of the Ukraine Crisis, promoting, among other things, respect of the sovereignty of all countries, the cessation of hostilities and the resumption of peace talks between Moscow and Kiev.
The Russian Foreign Ministry responded by saying that Russia values China’s sincere desire to contribute to the peaceful settlement of the conflict in Ukraine.
The Kremlin has repeatedly emphasized its readiness to negotiate, while the government in Kiev has ruled out any talks as long as Vladimir Putin remains president of Russia.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point News 2023.