The Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is in Beijing and has met with his counterpart Preside Xi Jinping and are both calling for a ceasefire in Ukraine.
Both parties have urged for a ceasefire and then for negotiations to start to bring a political settlement to end the war.
Chinese state broadcaster CCTV quoted the Chinese President saying, “The core of China’s stance is to call for peace and encourage talks… and for the legitimate security concerns of all countries to be respected.”
The broadcaster quoted the Belarusian President as saying, “fully agrees with and supports China’s position and proposals on a political solution to the Ukraine crisis, which is of great significance to resolving the crisis.”
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Jinping made a direct reference to the US, NATO and the West that the “relevant countries should stop politicising,” but instead take measures which “truly advance a ceasefire” to stop this war and resolve this crisis peacefully.
However, Ukraine and Russia are in a serious stalemate because neither side will accept each other’s terms and conditions, the war is very likely to continue and could definitely spiral out of control.
Last month the Chinese foreign ministry released a statement urging Vladimir Putin to stop the war.
The statement said, “Conflict and war benefit no one. All parties must stay rational and exercise restraint, avoid fanning the flames and aggravating tensions, and prevent the crisis from deteriorating further or even spiralling out of control.”
Beijing’s stance on the war has been questioned after China abstained at the UN Security Council in February 2022, to condemn Russia’s invasion.
Again last week Beijing abstained from another vote calling on Putin to “immediately” and “unconditionally” withdraw his troops from Ukraine.
On Tuesday Moscow said they are “open to negotiation” to end the war in Ukraine following China’s 12 point peace plan for a ceasefire.
On 30 September 2022 Moscow annexed four regions in Ukraine and signed a legal declaration that they will “never compromise” on the territories of the Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhya and Kherson regions of Ukraine, this also includes the Crimea peninsula.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said that Russia will never willingly give up these regions and are urging Ukraine to accept the “territorial realities” to end the war, or the conflict will continue until the end.
Peskov said on Tuesday afternoon, “There are certain realities that have already become an internal factor. I mean the new territories.
“The constitution of the Russian Federation exists and cannot be ignored.
“Russia will never be able to compromise on this, these are important realities.”
The authorities in Kyiv have said that they will not accept any peace deal unless Moscow agrees to return to the 1991 post-Soviet Union borders and this includes Crimea and the four annexed regions.
Ukraine are set to target Crimea and Kyiv has warned Moscow that they “will only stop when” the country is restored to “its 1991 borders.”
Vadym Skibitskyi, Deputy Chief of Ukraine’s Defence Intelligence told the German newspaper Deutsche Welle, that the annexed Black Sea peninsula is very much their focus.
Skibitskyi insisted that their counter-offensive will only be “to liberate all of the occupied territories of Ukraine including Crimea.”