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China says Ukraine must be neutral and not join NATO

China says it respects Ukraine’s sovereignty and Russia’s security concerns adding that Ukraine must be neutral and not join Nato.

China's Wang Yi, state councillor and foreign minister
China’s Wang Yi, state councillor and foreign minister

According to the report curated by Bazecity via Reuters, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told senior European officials on Friday that China respects countries’ sovereignty, including Ukraine’s, but that Russia’s concerns about NATO’s eastward expansion should be properly addressed.

Wang said the current situation in Ukraine was not something Beijing wished to see and that it would welcome direct dialogue between Russia and Ukraine as soon as possible.

“China firmly advocates respecting and safeguarding the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries,” Wang said, according to a statement from China’s Foreign Ministry. “This equally applies to the Ukraine issue.”

In a statement made available below, China clearly states Ukraine must be neutral & not join NATO

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