China’s peace plan for Ukraine will be a ‘process
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday that China’s proposed peace plan for Ukraine deserves attention, but studying its details will be a long and arduous process.
Last Friday (24), on the day the war completed one year, China released a peace plan for the resumption of negotiations between Russia and Ukraine. The document consists of 12 points. Among them are calls to end hostilities, to resume negotiations, to abandon the Cold War mentality, to reduce strategic risks and to respect the sovereignty of all countries.
The Kremlin positively evaluated the Asian country’s initiative and said it intends to study its details, but so far it does not see the possibility of achieving real peace.
“Any attempt to develop a plan that will help transfer the conflict to a peaceful course deserves attention. We are paying close attention to the plan of our Chinese friends,” the Kremlin spokesman said.
He clarified that the details of the plan still needed to be analyzed carefully, taking into account “the interests of various parties”. “This is a very long and intense process,” he added.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has previously stated that Kiev does not agree with several points in China’s war document. However, he allowed the statement to be discussed with Beijing. Zelensky emphasized that Ukraine sees isolation from Russia as a priority.
US President Joe Biden has criticized China’s “peace plan”. According to the head of the White House, the statement is exclusively beneficial for Putin. The US rejection of the proposal also came from the US national security adviser, Jake Sullivan.
“Beijing’s proposal should have ended after the first paragraph, which called for respect for the sovereignty of all countries. The war could end tomorrow even if Russia stops attacking Ukraine and withdraws its troops,” Sullivan said.
Editing: Patricia de Matos