China and Russia talk about ‘political solution for the invasion of Ukraine’ and kyiv responds to Vladimir : ‘hypocritical’

China and Russia talk about ‘political solution for the invasion of Ukraine’ and kyiv responds to Vladimir : ‘hypocritical’
China and Russia talk about ‘political solution for the invasion of Ukraine’ and kyiv responds to Vladimir Putin: ‘hypocritical’

Vladimir President of Russiaand Xi Jinpinghis counterpart Chinamet again this Thursday. The leaders of both powers showed clear harmony on global issues, especially on issues such as the invasion of Ukraine and the war in Gaza, but also their clear distance from the West.

By the way, the Chinese president, who referred to his guest as an “old friend,” assured that the relationship between Beijing and Moscow “It is not only of fundamental interest to the two countries and the two peoples, but it is also conducive to peace.” In a later statement, Xi even said that his Russian counterpart agreed with a peaceful “solution” to the conflict in Eastern Europe.

The statements, as expected, caused annoyance within the Ukrainian authorities. Putin’s words are “hypocrites”also believes Mikhailo Podoliak, advisor to the head of the Presidential Office of Volodymyr Zelensky.

Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping.

Photo:AFP

What is the supposed ‘peaceful solution’ for Ukraine about?

In a statement after the meeting they held in Beijing, Xi assured that both parties are “agree that a political solution to the ‘crisis’ in Ukraine is the right direction” and reiterated point by point the position that Beijing has maintained in recent years, asking “respect for the territorial integrity of all countries”, but also for the “legitimate security concerns of all parties”, in reference to Russia.

Xi’s words on the subject They do not suggest that the Chinese leader could have pressured his counterpart to end the war during a meeting that occurred a day after Washington announced in kyiv an additional amount of 2,000 million dollars (about 1,837 million euros) to help Ukraine acquire weapons from the United States.

It would be naïve to assume that for some reason Putin has suddenly become willing to negotiate and take Ukraine’s interests into account.

Beijing claims to be a neutral actor in the Ukrainian war, but is criticized by Western countries for not having condemned the invasion and for having strengthened its economic cooperation with Moscow.

Washington has given Beijing a red line, that it does not directly provide weapons to Russia, and assures that, for the moment, it has had no evidence to the contrary.

Why do the statements bother kyiv so much?

Representatives of the Ukrainian Government, military and analysis centers they don’t see will negotiating in Russia, whose president wrote before meeting his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in Beijing on Thursday about his “openness to dialogue and negotiations”.

“The objectives that Putin set before the start of the so-called special military operation remain the same,” Oleksí Melnik, co-director of the foreign policy and international security programs at the Razumkov study center in kyiv, told Efe.

According to the expert, Russia continues to seek “the destruction of Ukraine as an independent pro-European democratic state” and its conversion into a satellite country of Russia.

“It would be naive to assume that, for some reason, Putin has suddenly become willing to negotiate and take into account Ukraine’s interests,” Menlik stressed.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Photo:AFP/Presidency of Ukraine

The Kremlin chief’s “misleading” statements are intended to play into China’s official position of including Russia in any peace negotiation and generate divisions among the participants of the June Peace Summit in Switzerland, to which Russia has not been invited, Melnik believes.

Putin’s words are “hypocritical”, also believes Mikhailo Podoliak, advisor to the head of the Presidential Office of Volodymyr Zelensky.

At the same time that Russia “issues ultimatums”, it continues to burn cities in the Donbas (east) and tries to make its way into the (northeast) region of Kharkiv, “intensifying its crimes against the civilian population,” he writes on his Telegram channel.

Russia would use any truce only to recover and redeploy its forcesargues Podoliak.

Russia continues to intensify its offensive in Ukraine

In the midst of the heavy fighting that has intensified in recent days between Russia and Ukraine, The Ukrainian Defense Ministry said the Russians are improving their positions in the east and south of the country.

“The units of the South group occupied more advantageous positions and struck the forces of the 5th assault brigade and the 116th motorized brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces near the towns of Chasiv Yar and Antonovka of the Donetsk people’s republic,” points out the daily war report.

It is added that the enemy lost more than 520 men in one day in that direction.

Also the units of the Zapad group (West) improved their “tactical position” on the front line, causing up to 40 casualties to enemy forces.

As for the troops that make up the newly created Sever (North) group, involved in the offensive in the Ukrainian region of Kharkiv, these “They entered the defensive lines” of the enemy and repelled two counterattacks near the towns of Starytya and Hlyboke, the military note adds.

Ukrainian losses on the Kharkiv front amounted to more than 200 men in one day, according to Russia.

Ukrainian soldiers on the combat front (file photo).

Photo:EFE/EPA/OLEG PETRASYUK

What did they talk about the war in Gaza?

On Gaza, Xi declared that both sides consider it “extremely urgent” to find a solution to the situation in Palestine and that they support the ‘two-state solution’ and the implementation of the resolutions of United Nations about this conflict.

So, The two heads of state have staged the coordination of their countries regarding this issue in settings such as the United Nations Security Council, where their representatives have voted in a similar way on the resolutions in this regard.

CARLOS JOSÉ REYES – INTERNATIONAL DEPUTY EDITOR – EL TIEMPO

*With Efe and AFP

 
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