Russian President Vladimir Putin recently expressed his gratitude towards China for its balanced position on the ongoing Ukraine crisis. In an article to the media, Putin welcomed Beijing’s readiness to take part in the settlement of the conflict and appreciated China’s understanding of the historical background and root causes of the conflict.
The Ukraine-Russia war has been ongoing since 2014 when Russia annexed Crimea, and pro-Russian separatists took control of parts of Eastern Ukraine. The conflict has led to thousands of deaths and displaced over a million people. The international community has been attempting to find a peaceful resolution to the crisis, and Putin’s acknowledgement of China’s support is a positive development.
In his article, Putin highlighted that many nations have put forth their thoughts on the resolution of the conflict. China’s support is particularly significant as it is a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and has close economic and political ties with both Russia and Ukraine.
China has previously called for a peaceful resolution to the Ukraine crisis and has been supportive of Ukraine’s territorial integrity. In 2022, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin stated that China opposes any external intervention in Ukraine’s internal affairs and called on all parties to resolve their differences through dialogue and negotiation.
Its acknowledgement of China’s support by Putin comes at a time when tensions between Russia and the West are high, and the situation in Ukraine remains volatile. It is hoped that China’s involvement in the resolution of the crisis will lead to a peaceful and sustainable outcome.