China calls for peace talks between Russia and Ukraine

Talks without preconditions are the only way out of the Ukrainian crisis, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said

Moscow and Kiev should resume dialogue “without conditions” or assuming an outcome, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Thursday during a UN Security Council session on Ukraine.

In line with the Chinese one “Consistent and clear” neutral stance on the Ukrainian conflict, the minister reiterated that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of each state should be respected and the security concerns of all parties must be taken seriously.

The only way out of the conflict is to pass “Dialogue and negotiation”, Wang said.

“The main priority for the parties is to resume the dialogue without preconditions”, he said, inviting all those involved in the conflict to show themselves “moderation. ” China is ready to support “all efforts that could help resolve the crisis”, He added.

He praised the positive role of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which this month sent a mission to Ukraine’s Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, stating that there was “No room for trial and error” when it comes to the safety of nuclear installations. Among other priorities, Wang also mentioned easing the humanitarian situation and the security of global food and energy markets.

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Supporting the United Nations international system, Wang said, is key to prevention “any form of hot war or the so-called new cold war”.

During a meeting with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, on Wednesday, Wang also expressed hope that all parties to the conflict “refrain from giving up dialogue efforts and resolving security problems through peace talks”.

Kiev and Moscow have not returned to the negotiating table since the talks in Istanbul at the end of March failed. Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia is ready to end the conflict “as soon as possible” but Kiev said it was unwilling to negotiate peace.

On Wednesday, Putin announced the partial mobilization of Russian reservists and said his country was now fighting “the whole Western military machine” in Ukraine. Western Kiev supporters responded to these remarks by pleading to maintain or even increase support for Ukraine and to continue to put pressure on Moscow.