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Putin is pleased with China’s peace plan for Ukraine and praises Xi Jinping: “Beijing truly understands.”

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Putin is pleased with China’s peace plan for Ukraine and praises Xi Jinping: “Beijing truly understands.”

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Russian President Vladimir Putin stated in an interview broadcasted Wednesday that he supports China’s plan for a peaceful settlement of the Ukrainian crisis, stating that Beijing fully understands the underlying issues of this crisis, according to Reuters.

In an interview with the official Chinese news agency Xinhua, on the eve of his two-day state visit to Beijing, starting Thursday, Putin stated that Russia remains open to dialogue and discussions to resolve the conflict that has lasted for over two years.

According to Putin, China’s plan and further “principles” unveiled by Chinese President Xi Jinping last month take into account the factors underlying the conflict.

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“We positively assess China’s approach to resolving the ‘Ukrainian crisis,'” Putin said, according to a Russian-language transcript on the Kremlin’s website. – “Beijing truly understands its root causes and its global geopolitical significance. And the additional principles outlined by Xi Jinping in talks with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz were “realistic and constructive steps” that “develop the idea of the need to overcome the Cold War mentality.

More than a year ago, Beijing issued a 12-point document outlining general principles for ending the conflict without delving into specifics.

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The United States contends that while China presents itself as a mediator, it echoes Russia’s “false narrative” and refrains from condemning its incursion.

Xi Jinping’s supplementary principles advocate for de-escalation, facilitating conditions for peace restoration and stability, and minimizing global economic repercussions. According to reports, Russia perceives this conflict as a struggle against the “collective West,” which disregards Moscow’s security concerns by supporting NATO’s eastward expansion and military activities near its borders.

Russia and China declared “boundary-less” relations just prior to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, yet Beijing has refrained from supplying actual arms and ammunition for Russia’s war efforts. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s peace plan entails the withdrawal of Russian troops, restoration of the 1991 post-Soviet borders, and holding Russia accountable for its actions.

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A Peace Summit is slated for June in Switzerland, although Russia has not been invited, dismissing the initiative as futile and insisting that negotiations consider new realities.

China participated in some preparatory discussions for the summit, and Ukraine made considerable efforts to persuade its involvement.

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