Illustrative photo – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi (pictured on February 1, 2023).
Kyiv – In an interview with the German newspaper Die Welt, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned China against supporting Russia in the war with Ukraine. According to him, it would lead to a world war. Over the weekend, American Foreign Minister Antony Blinken also warned China of the consequences if it materially supports Russia in the war.
“It is important for us that China does not support the Russian Federation in this war. In fact, I would like to have it on our side,” Reuters quoted from the interview. “But at the moment, I don't think it's possible,” said the Ukrainian president.
“However, I see an opportunity for China to pragmatically evaluate what's happening here,” Zelenskyy further noted. “Because if China sides with Russia, there will be a world war, and I think China is aware of that,” he added. to provide Russia with military equipment for fighting in Ukraine, including weapons and ammunition. However, Beijing refused.
The head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, warned China against such a step today, according to whom it would mean crossing a red line. He also said that high-ranking Chinese diplomat Wang Yi had assured him that Beijing had no intention of doing so.