China claims the US is the ‘main instigator’ of the crisis in Ukraine – Nexus News

The Chinese ambassador to Moscow has named the United States the “main instigator” of the crisis in Ukraine and blamed Washington of seeking to “crush” Russia.

Ambassador Zhang Hanhui stated that the US supported Russia into a corner with repeated expansions of the NATO defence alliance and assistance for forces seeking to support Ukraine with the European Union rather than Moscow.

“As the initiator and main instigator of the Ukrainian crisis, Washington, while imposing unprecedented comprehensive sanctions on Russia, continues to supply arms and military equipment to Ukraine,” Zhang was cited saying in an interview with the Russian state news agency TASS.

“Their ultimate goal is to exhaust and crush Russia with a protracted war and the cudgel of sanctions.”

The ambassador’s claim closely followed one of Russia’s own justifications for its invasion of Ukraine, which has led to thousands of deaths and the devastation of entire cities, as well as driving over a quarter of the population to flee their homes.

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In the interview, Zhang disclosed that Sino-Russian relations had entered “the best period in history, characterized by the highest level of mutual trust, the highest degree of interaction, and the greatest strategic importance”.

Russian President Vladimir Putin travelled to Beijing in February to meet President Xi Jinping as Russian tanks were massing on the Ukrainian border, agreeing to what both states hailed as a “no limits” partnership superior to any Cold War alliance.

Zhang spoke against US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s visit last week to self-governing Taiwan, which China says it’s its own, and said the US was planning to use the same tactics in Ukraine and Taiwan to “revive a Cold War mentality, contain China and Russia, and provoke major power rivalry and confrontation”.

“Non-intervention in internal affairs is the most fundamental principle of maintaining peace and stability in our world,” Zhang said, using the principle to condemn Washington’s Taiwan policy but not Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Russia calls the invasion a “special military operation” and states that it was necessary not only to maintain its own security but also to protect Russian-speakers from persecution.

Ukraine and the West say these are baseless pretexts for an imperial war of aggression against a neighbour that gained independence when the Moscow-led Soviet Union broke up in 1991.

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