Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping have faced criticism for referring to the UN Charter in a joint statement on the war in Ukraine after two days of talks in Moscow that ended on Tuesday.
President Xi arrived in Moscow on March 20. Chinese state media called the trip a “peace trip.” In February, China unveiled a “12-point” peace offer for a ceasefire in Ukraine. In the West, the plan was largely dismissed as a tactic to buy time for Putin’s war on Ukraine.
The proposal lacks a concrete plan and does not oblige Russia to withdraw its forces occupying Ukraine.
In a joint statement after the meeting, Putin praised Xi’s peace proposal.
“Many of the provisions of China’s proposed peace plan are consistent with Russia’s approach and I believe they can be adopted as the basis for a peaceful settlement when the West and Kiev are ready,” Putin said. ‘ said.
At a March 21 briefing, National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby argued that the communist regime would not be “fair in any way” in the ongoing war, and that the mediation between Russia and Ukraine dismissed China’s ability to become a
Mr Kirby later emphasized that in a separate statement jointly issued by the two leaders on Ukraine, he said the reference to the UN Charter was flawed.
“Regarding Ukraine, I would like to note that both sides said that they must abide by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and respect international law.” Well, we agree. said Kirby.
“Following the UN Charter means withdrawing from all territories within Ukraine that are territories of another UN member state that Russia has invaded,” he continued. “The Charter of the United Nations sets out the principle of respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all States, including Ukraine.”
“Therefore, if China wants to play a constructive role in this conflict, it should pressure Russia to withdraw its troops from Ukraine and its sovereign territories,” Kirby added.
Two experts also commented on Twitter’s reference to the UN Charter.
“This is disgusting. Russia has flatly violated the principles of the Charter, but we have received a joint statement advocating respect for it. All right,” I have written Evan Feigenbaum, a former senior State Department official specializing in Asia and now vice president of research at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
“So when will Russia start doing that?” Asked Bonnie Glaser, Director, Asia Program, German Marshall Fund, said: “This statement has no credibility.”
The United Nations General Assembly in February adoption A non-binding resolution calling on Russia to immediately withdraw its forces in line with the UN Charter. The resolution passed 141 to 7 with 32 abstentions, including China.
Secretary of State Anthony Brinken commented In a vote the next day while addressing the UN Security Council Ministerial Conference on Ukraine.
“Yesterday, 141 countries voted in the General Assembly against a resolution reaffirming core principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity, condemning Russian atrocities and expressing support for a just and inclusive peace, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations. voted in,” said Blinken.
Brinken also seemed to belittle the Chinese peace plan.
“For peace to be just, we must uphold the core principles of the United Nations Charter: sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence,” Brinken said.
“A peace that justifies Russia’s armed seizures of land would weaken the charter and send a message to aggressors everywhere that they can invade a country and escape it,” he said. added.
“No member of this council may demand peace while supporting Russia’s war against Ukraine and the UN Charter.”