'NATO should not expand to the east,' says top Chinese diplomat a day after Xi-Biden talks

Echoing a Kremlin talking point, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng said 'if NATO's enlargement goes further, it would be approaching the outskirts of Moscow'

Press Trust of India March 19, 2022 22:27:33 IST
'NATO should not expand to the east,' says top Chinese diplomat a day after Xi-Biden talks

Representational image. News18

Beijing: A Chinese diplomat says NATO should stick to what he claimed was a promise not to expand eastward.

In a speech on Saturday, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng criticised the far-reaching Western sanctions imposed on Russia after it invaded Ukraine and said the root cause of the war in Ukraine “lies in the Cold War mentality and power politics.”

Echoing a Kremlin talking point, the Chinese envoy said if NATO's “enlargement goes further, it would be approaching the outskirts of Moscow' where a missile could hit the Kremlin within seven or eight minutes."

“Pushing a major country, especially a nuclear power, to the corner would entail repercussions too dreadful to contemplate,” he said.

He expressed an understanding for Russian President Vladimir Putin's oft-repeated position, saying that NATO should have disintegrated and “been consigned to history alongside the Warsaw Pact.”

“However, rather than breaking up, NATO has kept strengthening and expanding, and intervened militarily in countries like Yugoslavia, Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan,” he said. “One could well anticipate the consequences going down this path. The crisis in Ukraine is a stern warning.”

He said Chinese President Xi Jinping in talks with US President Joe Biden on Friday urged the parties in Ukraine to demonstrate “political will and keep the dialogue and negotiation going.

The US and NATO should also have dialogue with Russia to address the crux of the Ukraine crisis and ease the security concerns of both Russia and Ukraine.”

Read all the Latest News, Trending NewsCricket News, Bollywood News,
India News and Entertainment News here. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Updated Date:

also read

‘A way to reduce social tension amid war’: Authorities relax curfew in Kyiv by an hour
World

‘A way to reduce social tension amid war’: Authorities relax curfew in Kyiv by an hour

Serhiy Popko, head of Kyiv city administration said that the new curfew will begin at 12 am instead of 11 pm which would in turn increase the operational hours of public transport

'Kill me, militia man!': Russia trio face up to a decade in jail after reading poems critical of Russia's offensive
World

'Kill me, militia man!': Russia trio face up to a decade in jail after reading poems critical of Russia's offensive

Artyom Kamardin, Yegor Shtovba and Nikolai Dayneko were arrested in September last year after taking part in a poetry reading in Moscow, at a square where dissidents have been gathering since the Soviet era

'Dear Friends' meet again: Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin show off their close ties
Photos

'Dear Friends' meet again: Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin show off their close ties

It's been a meeting that the whole world was waiting for! China's Xi Jinping is in Moscow to visit his 'dear friend' Vladimir Putin and discuss the ongoing Ukraine war. Beijing has pitched this meet as a peacemaker project. Will Xi be successful?