Russia's security concerns "should be taken seriously": Yi to Blinken
The Chinese Foreign Minister met with Blinken to discuss risks regarding escalation in Ukraine.
US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price revealed in a statement Thursday that the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke Wednesday via phone to discuss risks regarding escalation in Ukraine.
During the call, Blinken "underscored the global security and economic risks posed by further Russian aggression against Ukraine and conveyed that de-escalation and diplomacy are the responsible way forward."
According to Price, the two shared views on "how to advance work together following President Biden’s virtual meeting with President Xi on November 15, 2021, including on managing strategic risk, health security, and climate change."
Price added that Blinken underscored the global risks associated with the alleged "Russian aggression" against Ukraine considering that it threatens the global economy and security and maintaining that "de-escalation and diplomacy are the responsible way forward."
It is worth mentioning that Russia has repeatedly denied the Western allegations of intending to invade Ukraine, and Moscow's Foreign Intelligence Service accused the US State Department of spreading false information about the alleged troop buildup.
Russia's security concerns 'should be taken seriously'
The Chinese Foreign Ministry revealed that during discussions, Yi told Blinken that Russia's "reasonable security concerns should be taken seriously and resolved."
Wang also stated that "regional security cannot be ensured by strengthening or even extending military blocs."
"Today, in the 21st century, all parties should entirely abandon the Cold War mentality and form a balanced, effective, and sustainable mechanism for European security through negotiations, and Russia's legitimate security concerns should be taken seriously and addressed," Wang said.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry expressed that a return to the Minsk agreements is crucial to settle the Ukrainian issue and that in order to resolve the issue, it is "necessary" to return to the agreements, as this is the reference point.
Matviyenko: West spreads misinformation about "Russian invasion" of Ukraine
Chair of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of Russia Valentina Matviyenko affirmed that the West's efforts to destabilize the situation in Russia's neighboring countries continue, stressing that accusing Russia of planning an invasion against Ukraine is a baseless allegation.
Matviyenko added that "the year began with some really dreadful international events. The world continues to be in a state of fear and instability; unfortunately, attempts to destabilize the situation continue."
She added that the western countries are waging an informational campaign against Russia, going on to say that the world has moved from the age of information to the age of disinformation.