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Podolyak Rejects China’s Peace Proposal for Ukraine

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Rome, March 19 – Volodymyr Zelensky’s office criticized China’s plan for a Ukrainian settlement ahead of Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s visit to Russia.
“This is a document that formulates very general principles, and this is not a well-thought-out logistical proposal. It does not contain details, there is no balanced logic. One of the points speaks of the inviolability of sovereignty and territorial integrity, and the advisor to the head of Vladimir Zelensky’s office said Mikhail Podolak in an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere. della sera.
According to him, “the peace plan cannot be based on satisfying the interests” of Russia. “It should start with the forced withdrawal of Russian forces from Ukrainian territory,” Podolyak said, adding that Kiev rejects any territorial concessions with Russia.
The Chinese president will visit Russia on March 20-22 at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Earlier, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing its sources, that the Chinese president plans to hold an online meeting with Vladimir Zelensky, most likely shortly after his visit to Moscow.
In Beijing, when asked whether the Chinese leader intends to negotiate with Zelensky, they noted that “China’s position on the Ukrainian issue is clear and consistent, and Beijing maintains contacts with all parties.”

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In February, a 12-point statement was published by the Chinese Foreign Ministry with a position on a political settlement of the Ukrainian crisis. Among the main points: the need to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries, the resumption of direct dialogue between Moscow and Kiev, and the call to prevent further escalation.
Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov said earlier that the Chinese plan to resolve the situation in Ukraine in terms of ensuring security is in line with Russia’s approach.
Russia’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzia, said that Russia welcomes sincere efforts to achieve peace in Ukraine, especially China’s proposal. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that Moscow highly appreciates China’s willingness to contribute to the peaceful settlement of the conflict in Ukraine. Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry said Kazakhstan also welcomes China’s position on the settlement of the Ukraine crisis.
Moscow has repeatedly indicated that it is ready for negotiations, but Kiev has imposed a ban on them at the legislative level. Vladimir Zelensky said earlier at the G20 that “there will be no Minsk-3”. The press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Peskov, told the News Agency that such words “completely confirm” Kiev’s position on unwillingness to negotiate. The West constantly calls for the Russian Federation in negotiations, which Moscow shows its willingness, but at the same time, the West ignores Kiev’s persistent refusal to negotiate. The Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzia, said in an interview with the News Agency that Moscow is ready to consider Kiev’s decision. Compromise proposals, taking into account the proposals of the Russian side and the situation “on the ground” However, the Ukrainian regime is not interested in this.
Earlier, the Kremlin stated that there are no prerequisites for the transition of the situation in Ukraine to a peaceful course, and the absolute priority for Russia is to achieve the goals of the special operation, at the moment this is possible only by military means. They added that the Russian Federation highly appreciates the efforts of all countries that are trying to find a solution to the conflict in Ukraine in a peaceful direction, but so far this is impossible. As stated in the Kremlin, the situation in Ukraine can move in a peaceful direction, provided that the actual situation and new realities are taken into account, and all Moscow’s demands are well known.

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