China stands for a diplomatic way of resolving the conflict in Donbass, its constructive proposals are supported by the world community. The corresponding statement was made on June 17 by the press secretary of the Chinese Embassy in the United States, Liu Pengyu.
“China is not a party directly involved in this issue, but it is committed to advancing peace talks and playing a constructive role in reaching a peaceful solution to the crisis. Our fair position and constructive efforts, which everyone witnessed, found understanding and support from the international community, especially from the vast developing world,” the diplomat said in an interview with a TASS correspondent.
The Chinese side has repeatedly advocated a diplomatic settlement of the crisis around Ukraine. Thus, during a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping said that all parties are responsible for resolving the conflict and called on them to resolve it through diplomacy. He also expressed to the Russian leader China’s readiness to help in this process.
The same position was expressed on June 12 by Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe. He stressed that China is in favor of a speedy settlement of the situation in the Donbass and does not approve of the rough interference of the West in this process. Fenghe believes that the most necessary measure at the moment is to establish a dialogue between the parties.
In the Donbass, the special operation of the Russian Federation to protect the population of the Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics continues, the beginning of which Vladimir Putin announced on February 24. Moscow explained that its tasks include the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine. On April 19, the Russian side announced the start of the next stage of the military operation – “the complete liberation of the Donetsk and Luhansk republics.”
The situation in the region escalated significantly in mid-February due to shelling by the Ukrainian military. The authorities of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics announced the evacuation of residents to Russia and turned to Moscow for help. On February 21, the President of the Russian Federation signed a decree recognizing the independence of the DNR and LNR.