Australian Prime Minister calls Beijing for lack of action against the “real risk” of Russia’s aggression

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned of the “very real risk” of a conflict involving Russian troops along the Ukrainian border, while at the same time blaming Moscow for not inciting tensions in the region. I called.

Morrison met with the Cabinet’s commissar of state security on the night of February 14, discussing the situation in Ukraine “in great detail” and potential response to like-minded countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom. Revealed to work on. , And Canada.

“We know the rating very well, and there is a risk that it will happen at any time, and that’s true,” he told 2SM Radio on February 15.

“One thing I have to say is that it is very clear that like-minded countries, Australia, France, and everyone are blaming Russia for what it is doing.” He said. “There is one country that hasn’t done that … and that’s the Chinese government.”

“It is of great concern if there is a great power in our region that wants peace and harmony, but is not ready to call for action by a dictatorship that wants to violate the territorial sovereignty of its neighbors,” he added. did.

“I’m calling for it.”

China’s Foreign Ministry said Australia needs to “give up the Cold War spirit.”

Morrison’s comment comes after Pentagon spokesman John Kirby says Beijing is giving Its “implicit” support To the possibility of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

U.S. officials have advised all Ukrainian citizens to leave the country, and Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced on February 14 that U.S. officials will move from the Kiev embassy to the western city of Lviv. .. Strengthening the Russian army. “

Prime Minister Morrison also called on Ukrainian Australian citizens to evacuate. He argued that the threat of Russian aggression made the situation “dangerous.”

Meanwhile, Russia has denied invasion of Eastern European countries, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergeń≠ Viklov has advised the Russian president to look further diplomacy in a television exchange.

“Our potential seems endless,” Viklov said in a television exchange with Putin. “At this stage, we recommend that you continue to build.”

In addition, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged him to calm down, seeking evidence of the actual aggression.

“There was too much information about the full-scale war with Russia, even a specific date was announced,” Zelensky told reporters on February 12.

“We understand that there are risks. Please let us know if you have any additional information about Russia’s 100% guaranteed invasion of Ukraine on February 16th,” he said. ..

Daniel Y. Ten


Daniel Y. Teng is based in Sydney. He focuses on national politics, including federal politics, COVID-19 response, and relations between Australia and China. Do you have a hint? Contact him at [email protected]

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