Chinese foreign minister says the unilateral sanctions on Russia just further complicate the process of a political settlement over the Ukrainian issue.

Iran PressAsia: Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi made a phone call with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock on Saturday.

Wang stressed that China is paying close attention to the situation in Ukraine and supports all efforts conducive to easing the situation and a political settlement, Global Times wrote. 

On Wednesday morning, Russian President Vladimir Putin officially announced a special military operation against Ukraine. 

As tensions escalated in Ukraine, many countries called on their nationals to soon leave the Ukrainian soil.

Under the circumstances of NATO’s eastward expansion for five consecutive rounds, Russia’s legitimate security aspirations should be properly addressed.

As the Cold War has long since ended, it is necessary for NATO to reconsider its positioning and responsibilities, and the Cold War mentality based on bloc confrontation should be completely abandoned, Wang said.

China supports the resumption of dialogues between NATO, the EU and Russia, and seeks to build a balanced, effective and sustainable European security mechanism to achieve lasting peace and stability on the European continent.

China opposes the use of sanctions to resolve issues and strongly condemns unilateral sanctions that have no basis in international law, Wang noted. It has long been proved that sanctions, far from solving problems, will only create new ones. They will interfere with the process of a political settlement.

On February 25 local time, the United Nations Security Council voted on the draft resolution on the situation in Ukraine submitted by the US and Albania. The resolution has not been adopted and was vetoed by the Russian Federation. China, India and the United Arab Emirates all abstained.


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