Blinken: China provides diplomatic cover for russia to continue to commit atrocities in Ukraine

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China feels no responsibility to hold the kremlin accountable for the atrocities committed in Ukraine, and instead of even condemning them, it would rather provide diplomatic cover for russia to continue to commit those very crimes, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said during a briefing.

“If China is committed to supporting an end to the war based on the principles of the UN Charter as called for in point one of its plan, it can engage with President Zelenskyy and Ukraine on this basis and use its influence to compel moscow to pull back its forces,” Blinken said.

According to him, russia’s purported annexation of sovereign Ukrainian territory, including vast areas it doesn’t even control, and its ongoing, brutal attacks on civilians make clear that putin currently has no interest in peace.

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