The Chinese president Xi Jinping warned his Russian counterpart personally Vladimir Putin against a nuclear attack Ukraine. To give the news, exclusively, is the Financial Times on its website. “Chinese officials take each other privately credit for convincing the Russian leader to back down compared to veiled atomic threats» reads the British newspaper. Xi, indicating that Beijing has concerns about Russia’s war against Kiev even as it offers tacit support to Moscow – according to Western and Chinese officials -, would have delivered his message during the state visit made to Moscow last March.
Dissuading Putin from using a nuclear weapon “has been central to China’s campaign to repair damaged ties with theEuropesaid a senior Chinese government adviser quoted by the City newspaper anonymously.
The news was flatly denied by the Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, who called it “an invention”.
Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 has put Moscow and its ally Beijing in contrast with a large part of the Old Continent, as well as with the US. China has consistently opposed the use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine in its public statements. But many of Kiev’s supporters have doubted Beijing’s real commitment, given the “limitless” partnership signed by Xi and Putin a few weeks after the invasion of Ukraine, in addition to the fact that the “peace plan” made in China is strangely in some parts very similar to some of Moscow’s requests.
Beijing then refrained from criticizing Moscow for the invasion and he accused the West of fueling the conflict by supplying arms to Ukrainecomplaining of the “harmful acts of hegemony, domination and bullying” wanted by the US with unilateral sanctions.
July 5, 2023 (change July 5, 2023 | 12:49)
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