April 13. 2024. 5:26

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China wants Russia to continue war in Ukraine, says Lithuanian president

China’s role in Russia’s war in Ukraine is “more destructive than constructive”, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda has said.

“Unfortunately, I see the aim of China is to continue this war, to make this war even more bloody and in such a situation that China is in the hidden or open form supporting Russia,” Nausėda said in an interview with Euronews on Tuesday.

It came after the Lithuanian president took part in a discussion with members of the European Parliament.

“It’s very difficult, not trustful, to believe that China may play the role of mediator between the two countries. It should at least be neutral,” Nausėda said.

“I can imagine such a status, but now I do not see the possibilities and I think China has to consider what it wants to achieve in this war. So far, I evaluate and I see the role of China as rather destructive than constructive,“ he added.

Nausėda’s comments come amidst reports of an imminent visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Moscow to meet President Vladimir Putin to discuss the prospects for peace.

Beijing has also released a 12-point peace plan for Ukraine in which it never uses the words “war” or “invasion“, labelling the Russian aggression in Ukraine as a „crisis“. Moscow has welcomed the plan.

(EURACTIV’s partner LRT)