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China marks Ukraine war anniversary with another call for peace

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China marks Ukraine war anniversary with another call for peace

12-point position paper released one year on from Russian invasion calls on all parties to ‘stay rational and exercise restraint’Actions are needed to avoid the situation getting out of control and prevent the crisis from deteriorating further, Beijing saysUkraine war: 1 year onAmber Wangin BeijingPublished: 11:21am, 24 Feb, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

Peace talks are the “only viable solution to ending the Ukraine crisis”, Beijing said in a position paper released on Friday to mark the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion.The 12-point paper called for actions to avoid the situation in Ukraine from getting out of control, and opposed the use of nuclear weapons and sanctions while reiterating China’s long-standing support for a ceasefire and talks.

“All parties must stay rational and exercise restraint, avoid fanning the flames and aggravating tensions, and prevent the crisis from deteriorating further or even spiralling out of control,” it said.

“All parties should support Russia and Ukraine in working in the same direction and resuming direct dialogue as quickly as possible, so as to gradually de-escalate the situation and ultimately reach a comprehensive ceasefire.”

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