China and India called for a negotiated end to Ukraine The war, without the strong support of Russia’s traditional ally.
After a week of stress in United nations At the General Assembly, the Russian Foreign Minister took the rostrum of the General Assembly to reprimand Western countries for what he called a “hateful” campaign against the Russians.
But no major country has turned back Russiaincluding China, which just days before the invasion of Ukraine pledged an “unbreakable” relationship with President Vladimir Putin.
China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, called on Russia and Ukraine to “prevent the crisis from spreading” and from affecting developing countries.
China supports all efforts leading to a peaceful solution to the Ukraine crisis. “The urgent priority is to facilitate talks for peace,” Wang said on Saturday.
“The basic solution is to address the legitimate security concerns of all parties and build a balanced, effective and sustainable security architecture.”
During his visit to the United Nations, Wang met with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, in their first talks since the war began.
Earlier this month, Putin acknowledged China’s “concerns” about Ukraine during a meeting with his counterpart Xi Jinping.
Eased by what they see as China’s lack of tangible support for the war, US officials said Beijing has refused requests for military equipment, forcing Russia to rely on North Korea and Iran as its supplies dwindle.
China’s response to Russia is closely watched for evidence of its approach to Taiwan, a self-governing democracy that Beijing claims as its territory.
Wang stressed that China will take “resolute steps” against any interference, insisting that efforts to prevent “reunification” with Taiwan “will be crushed by the wheels of history.”
Unlike China, India has a warm relationship with the United States, but it has historical ties with Russia, its traditional supplier of defense.
“As the conflict in Ukraine continues to rage, they are often asked who we are on the side of,” Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said.
“Our answer, every time, is honest and sincere – India is on the side of peace and will remain firmly there,” he said.
“We are on the side that calls for dialogue and diplomacy as the only way out.”
At a press conference, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov refused to answer whether there was any pressure from China. In his speech, he sought to lay the blame squarely on the West.
“The official fear of Russia in the West is unprecedented. Now the scale is hideous.
“They do not hesitate to declare their intention not only to bring about the military defeat of our country but also to destroy and divide Russia.”
Since the end of the Cold War, Lavrov said, the United States has acted as if it is “God’s envoy on earth, and has the sacred right to act with impunity wherever and whenever it wants,” Lavrov said.
He also criticized the EU as an “authoritarian, cruel and dictatorial entity” and said the bloc’s leadership had forced the leader of a member state – Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades – to cancel a planned meeting with him.
Lavrov criticized the West for not dealing with Russia, saying, “We have never shied away from maintaining contact.”
Western powers are looking to impose more sanctions after Putin called up reservists, threatened to use nuclear weapons, and refused to recognize the results of referendums on Russia’s annexation of the occupied territories.
They welcomed Lavrov’s isolation, noting that he only appeared in a Security Council session on Thursday to make statements and not listen to others.
Russia enjoyed one rare vote of support on Saturday in the General Assembly. Mali’s interim prime minister, Colonel Abdoulaye Maiga, appointed by the coup leaders, hailed the “exemplary and fruitful cooperation” with Moscow.
Russia’s security company Wagner Group was welcomed by the military junta, despite Western allegations of human rights abuses, as France withdrew forces that had been struggling to contain a jihadist insurgency.