The West did not find the Chinese plan convincing
Beijing’s 12-point plan to stop the fighting on the anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine was met with skepticism in Western capitals. From Washington to Brussels, the parties said, ‘No one was attacking Russia. He said he should stop.
Amid growing concern that CHINA will supply deadly weapons to Russia for use in the ongoing invasion of Ukraine, Beijing has proposed a 12-point plan to end the war. However, Beijing’s attitude, which did not call on the Russian soldiers to “Get out of Ukraine” and did not condemn the occupation, was “not found sincere” in Western capitals. China did not say “yes” in the voting for the text of support to Ukraine held at the United Nations General Assembly hours before the announcement of the 12-point proposal.
Biden said that he talked openly about this issue with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in the first weeks of the occupation, adding, “More than 600 US companies, from McDonalds to Exxon, left Russia. I said that if you do the same thing, you will face the same results as Russia,” he said. The US leader also stated that sending weapons to Russia would mean “crossing the red line”. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned during the UN Security Council meeting that an unconditional and temporary ceasefire would “provide an opportunity for Russia to rearm and prepare for new attacks”.
BLINKEN: Don’t be fooled
“Council members should not be fooled by a call for a temporary or unconditional ceasefire. Russia will use the cessation of conflicts to consolidate its control in the lands it illegally occupies and to renew its strength for new attacks. US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, speaking to American CNN television, also stated that China’s 12-point proposal should have ended in the first sentence, that is, the call for “respect for the sovereignty of all countries”. “Ukraine was not attacking Russia. NATO was not attacking Russia. The USA was not attacking Russia,” he said, adding that it was Moscow that had to stop.
EU: NOT NEUTRAL
Objections to the world’s second largest economy came from Brussels, parallel to Washington. Arguing that China did not remain neutral in the war, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said, “We need to see this document with its background. China had chosen its side by declaring its “unlimited friendship” with Russia even before the invasion began. Von der Leyen noted that they will evaluate the plan “without forgetting the fact that China has already chosen its side”. Chinese President Xi Jinping issued a joint statement emphasizing “there is no limit” to the friendship between him and his Russian counterpart, Putin, with whom he met just two weeks before the invasion began. It is commented that Beijing was aware of the invasion beforehand and that it “given implicit approval” during this meeting.
SCHOLZ IS ALSO DISAPPOINTED
Speaking to the German public television channel ZDF, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz expressed similar hesitation. Scholz, who has been criticized for being reluctant to supply Kiev with deadly weapons such as the Leopard tank since the beginning of the invasion, said, “We can’t have illusions about China. So far, they have not taken a stance against Russia,” he said.
DISTANCE IN Kyiv AND NATO
Ukraine, the party to the conflict, also approaches the plan with a distance. One of Zelensky’s assistants, Mikhail Podolyak, said, “This is not peace, but the freezing of the war,” and suggested that a scenario where Ukraine loses the war would result in genocide. Speaking to reporters in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg pointed out that China did not condemn the invasion and said, “They don’t have much credibility.”
BIDEN: IT BENEFITS RUSSIA
– The proposals, which the USA and the European Union are skeptical of, are not seen as a ‘peace plan’. As a matter of fact, the proposals do not foresee the withdrawal of Russian soldiers from Ukraine. The plan, which basically prioritizes a ceasefire, includes a call for sanctions against Russia to be lifted in return. Arguing that the plan “will not benefit anyone but Russia,” US President Joe Biden said in an interview with American ABC television that Beijing’s stance was applauded only by Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Regarding the concerns that China will supply arms to Russia, Biden said, “We haven’t seen that yet. “I don’t think China will take a big initiative to send weapons to Russia,” he said.
CNN RANKED THE 3 WEAPONS THAT POWERED UKRAINE
– AMERICAN CNN wrote that although Leopard tanks and Patriots have been in the headlines in recent weeks, these systems have not yet been used at the front, but there are 3 weapons that have changed the course of the war in favor of Ukraine. CNN listed these weapons as the American-made Javelin anti-tank missile, the multiple rocket launcher system HIMARS, and the Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicle.
PRAISE TO BAYRAKTAR TB2
The report called Bayraktar TB2s “one of the most well-known unmanned aerial vehicles in the world”. Noting that the TB2s are “not fast enough and unprotected against air defense missiles”, military experts commented, “They are not magic, but they are good enough”. According to the news, 17 of the 50 TB2s that Kiev has received from Turkey so far have become unusable in conflicts. However, due to its low cost, these losses can be ignored. The article commented that the weapon, with its cost advantage, constitutes a ‘great example’ of modern warfare.
PUTIN REPEASE THE CLAIM: THEY WANT TO SHARE US
– Vladimir Putin, who gave an interview to Russian state television, said, “What are we against? He said that the new world should be shaped according to the interests of only one country, the USA, and once again blamed the West for the invasion of Ukraine. In his statement to the “Rossiya 1” channel, the President claimed that the countries that send tens of billions of Dollars Worth Of Weapons To Ukraine Are “Actually Parties To The Conflict”. “This means that they are, albeit indirectly, complicit in the crimes committed by the Kiev regime,” Putin continued. “Western countries have only one goal. That is to break up the former Soviet Union and its main part, the Russian Federation,” said Putin.
RUSSIA’S CLOSE ALLIANCE LUKASHENKO IS GOING TO CHINA
– President of BELARUS, Alexander Lukashenko, will go to CHINA this week . Belarusian Presidential Press Service announced that Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko will pay an official visit to China on 28 February-2 March. Hua Chunying, spokesperson of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, also stated that Lukashenko will come to the country at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Lukashenko is known to be a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin. This visit follows Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit to Moscow last week.