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Putin and Xi strengthen axis, 'Ready for Chinese peace'

2023-03-21T19:16:12.260Z


Pact on the new world order. Zelensky wants to hear from Beijing (ANSA)


    No ceasefire proposal, no sensational breakthrough to find a negotiated solution to the conflict in Ukraine but a strengthening of the "strategic" axis between Russia and China for "a new world order".

These are the results of the two days of intense talks between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin in Moscow, which concluded with many deals and the full support of the Kremlin head for the Chinese diplomatic initiative.

However, nothing suggests that there will be a positive response from Ukraine and the West, while tensions are indeed increasing due to the news of the depleted uranium weapons that Great Britain is preparing to supply to Kiev.

    The four and a half hours of face-to-face talks between Putin and Xi yesterday and the three hours of talks held today in the presence of the delegations gave birth to two joint statements: one on the development of economic cooperation between now and 2030, the other on strengthening the "strategic partnership".

Decisions all in all expected from the eve.

On the other crucial aspect of the mission, ie the Chinese peace plan, no substantial developments have been recorded, beyond the fact that both have underlined the need for a negotiated solution.

Moscow, in fact, supports Beijing's initiative, but complains that the necessary goodwill is not there on the other side.

    The Chinese plan can be taken as the basis for a peace deal, but only "when the West and Kiev are ready," Putin said.

The problem, complained Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, is that "European countries and especially Washington do not allow Kiev to even think" of negotiations.

"Now that the masks are off, Western countries are showing their ferocious grin," the spokesman added.

In recent days, the White House had already told Kiev that in any case it should not have accepted any deceptive proposal for a ceasefire.

And today, even before the end of the talks in Moscow, Ukrainian presidential adviser Mikhailo Podolyak made it clear that Ukraine will not agree to a truce: "

Any attempt to freeze the conflict would prolong it;

a ceasefire will mean only one thing, an unfinished war burning in the heart of Europe", wrote Podolyak in a tweet. There is still no certain news, moreover, on a phone call that according to some media Xi should have made to Volodymyr Zelensky after his visit to Moscow.

   However, the Ukrainian president said he was ready for a dialogue with Beijing: "We have offered China to become a partner in the implementation of the peace formula. We have broadcast our formula on all channels. We invite you to dialogue. We await yours response," Zelensky said, adding that he was "getting signs, but nothing concrete yet."

     The announcement by British Deputy Defense Minister Annabel Goldie, according to which London intends to supply Ukraine with depleted uranium armor-piercing munitions to be used against Russian tanks, certainly does not help to calm the spirits.

The specter of nuclear power, although weakened, therefore returns to hover over a conflict that many already fear could lead to a direct confrontation between NATO and Moscow.

Putin said that if such deliveries take place, Russia will be forced to "react", although he did not specify how. 

    The attacks on the Western front contained in the final declaration of the Russian-Chinese talks fit into this not very comforting picture, in which the two countries close ranks to accuse the USA of "undermining" global security and say they are "worried" about the risks deriving from the Aukus plan for the construction of nuclear submarines between the USA, Great Britain and Australia.

At the same time they state that a nuclear war must "never be waged" because it would have no winners.

Xi's visit therefore ends with the consolidation of the two opposing fronts, the West on one side and the Russian-Chinese alliance on the other.

Beijing will continue to consider its relations with Moscow as "priority", Xi underlined, inviting Putin for a visit to China later this year,



Source: ansa

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