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Ukraine: Biden smashes Chinese plan, ‘if Putin likes it, he won’t go’

The American President Joe Biden China dismissed China’s proposal for a solution to the war in Ukraine, while Beijing will become a key crossroads in the fate of the Moscow-Kiev conflict with the state visit next week of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko – a staunch Kremlin ally – and that of the French president Emmanuel Macron in early April.

“If Putin likes him, how can that be a good plan?” Biden trailed off when asked about the 12-point document promoted by President Xi Jinping, which calls for a “political solution,” sanctions lifting and all calls on Russia and Ukraine to assist in resuming “direct dialogue” as soon as possible.

“This plan only benefits Russia,” the US president reiterated in an interview with ABC News, stressing that the idea of ​​China “negotiating the outcome of a completely unjust war for Ukraine is not rational.”

If the dragon were to supply weapons to Russia, he assured, the US would “react.” After rejection by the EU, US and NATO, even Ukrainian leaders have voiced clearer judgments. In the document “there are several elements that we agree with, but at least one that we disagree with, and that is the call for an end to unilateral sanctions,” Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said. Presidential Advisor Mykhailo Podolyak: “If you claim to be a global player, don’t offer an unrealistic plan. You are not counting on an aggressor who has violated international law and who will lose the war. sighted China, window is not infinite,” he tweeted.

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For his part, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed some elements of the Chinese move, but clarified that only the country where a war is being waged should be the initiator of a peace plan, which still aims to meet with Xi, noting that Beijing’s plan seemed to demonstrate that “our territorial integrity and security issues will be respected”.

However, the dragon does not seem ready to give up the “borderless” partnership with Russia. But it also claims its diplomatic neutrality. Lukashenko, the Belarusian president who announced yesterday that he had “a long talk” with Putin, will be in Beijing from February 28 to March 2 “at the invitation of Xi,” a note from Chinese diplomats reported. The staunch Moscow ally and the CCP leader forged a strategic partnership when they met in the Uzbek city of Samarkand in September 2022.

A year ago, Belarus allowed Kremlin troops to use its territory as a springboard for an attack on Kiev. Lukashenko said earlier this month his country was ready to do it again, stoking new fears in Ukraine.

On the other front, however, Macron will be in China “early April”: he has urged Beijing to “urge Russia” to end the war. Peace is possible only when “aggression is stopped, troops are withdrawn and the territorial sovereignty of Ukraine and its people are respected.

The fact that China is committed to peace is a good thing.” The Elysée boss also called for “no weapons to be given to Russia”. The EU is also committed to an open diplomatic channel with the dragon: as announced by the Chinese Defense Ministry, A meeting between a delegation of their military and NATO was held in Brussels on Thursday, resuming “dialogue and institutional consultations” for the first time since the outbreak of the Ukrainian war and the Covid pandemic.