Before it even begins, the White House has officially condemned any potential peace plan attempt involving Ukraine that has been brokered by China.
The Biden administration is voicing concern and alarm over a potential “bad deal” for Ukraine after Beijing announced on Friday that China President Xi Jinping will visit Moscow from Monday through Wednesday to meet with President Vladimir Putin.
John Kirby, the national security spokesman for the White House, warned that an unconditional cease-fire at this moment would only benefit Putin and his forces. This comes after it was made known that Xi is expected to speak on the phone with Zelensky of Ukraine about China’s 12-point peace initiative.
A cease-fire at this time would essentially ratify Russian dominance, according to Kirby. Of course, it would be yet another violation of the United Nations Charter.
The US fears that China’s diplomatic action and peace strategy may lead to major territorial concessions.
John Kirby, the spokesperson for national security at the White House, said on Friday that an unconditional cease-fire halting Russia’s offensive in Ukraine would legitimize Moscow’s control over the approximately 17% of Ukrainian land that was taken by force.
This primarily occurs in the east, specifically in the Donbas region, where Russia has recently made progress and is prepared to seize the vital city of Bakhmut.