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China proposes most reasonable peace plan for resolving Ukraine conflict: Russian FM Sergei Lavrov

It received a lukewarm reception at the time in both Russia and Ukraine, while the US said China was presenting itself as a peacemaker but reflecting Russia’s “false narrative” and failing to condemn its invasion

Reuters Moscow Published 08.04.24, 05:04 AM
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China has proposed the most reasonable peace plan so far for resolving the Ukraine conflict, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying on Thursday.

Beijing put forward a 12-point paper more than a year ago that set out general principles for ending the war but did not get into specifics. It received a lukewarm reception at the time in both Russia and Ukraine, while the US said China was presenting itself as a peacemaker but reflecting Russia’s “false narrative” and failing to condemn its invasion.

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“The most important thing for us is that the Chinese document is based on an analysis of the reasons for what is happening and the need to eliminate these root causes. It is structured in logic from the general to the specific,” state news agency RIA quoted Lavrov as telling reporters.

“This plan was criticised for being vague... But this is a reasonable plan that the great Chinese civilisation proposed for discussion.”

Lavrov is due to meet his Chinese counterpart soon and President Vladimir Putin said last month he would consider going to China for the first overseas trip of his new six-year term.

Russia says it is willing to enter talks about Ukraine but that these must reflect what it calls the “new realities” on the ground, where its forces control just under a fifth of the country and Moscow has claimed four Ukrainian regions as its own.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has put forward his own peace formula that calls for a cessation of hostilities and a full Russian withdrawal from all occupied territory.

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