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China Considers Western Sanctions on Russia Harmful for Peace Process in Ukraine

09.04.2015 13:36

Unilateral sanctions the West imposed on Russia are harmful for peace settlement in Ukraine, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi said during a three-day visit Moscow.

"China's stance on Ukraine has been objective and impartial from the beginning," Wang Yi said. "The Ukrainian authorities should develop relations between different regions, different nationalities in the country in a balanced way," he added, underlining that Ukraine should also foster balanced ties with Russia and the European Union.

In October 2014 China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned Ukraine not to allow the US and the EU turn Russia into an outcast by imposing sanctions on Russia for Moscow's alleged involvement in the Ukrainian crisis. "China believes sanctions against Russia are a wrong move," the Chinese foreign minister said.

While in Moscow, China's foreign minister Wang Yi met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The high-ranking officials discussed final arrangements for the upcoming visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Moscow. In May 2015, the Chinese leader is expected to attend Victory Day celebrations, marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.