The African “peace” delegation is made up of diplomats from Uganda, South Africa, Congo, Senegal, Zambia and Egypt.
Speaking on the phone with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa about African leaders’ intention to visit Ukraine and Russia in “an effort to end the conflict as soon as possible”, Xi said it was a “good ” thing.
“It is good that Mr. President and the leaders of relevant African countries have formed a peace delegation and are going to Russia and Ukraine,” the Chinese leader said, adding that his country adheres to a consistent position regarding “ the Russian-Ukrainian affair”. conflict” and aimed at its resolution through dialogue.
In line with the Russian propaganda narrative, China does not call Russia’s unprovoked war of aggression against Ukraine a “war”, but euphemistically calls it “a conflict”.
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South Africa supports China’s “peace plan” for a political settlement of the “conflict in Ukraine”, Ramaphosa said, also using the term Kremlin propaganda. He said he hoped to revive Ukrainian-Russian negotiations in the near future.
There were talks between Ukraine and Russia at the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine from February 24, 2022, but these quickly stalled.
The African “peacekeeping mission” will take place after a European tour by China’s special envoy on resolving Russia’s war against Ukraine.
African leaders plan to visit Ukraine in early June and want to start peace talks between Ukraine and Russia – even though Russian invasion force troops are still present within Ukraine’s sovereign borders.
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Beijing released a 12-point position paper on “settlement” of Russia’s full-scale war on Ukraine on the anniversary of the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Russia, February 24, 2023.
China’s position is to call for a ceasefire and the resumption of negotiations, as well as the suspension of international sanctions against Russia, the continued exploitation of the Black Sea grain corridor , the guarantee of the safety of nuclear power plants and the absence of threats of the use of nuclear weapons.
However, it does not require the withdrawal of Russian invading forces from Ukrainian territory, which is an imperative requirement of Ukraine.
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