China: "Everyone knows" who is responsible for Ukraine
The Chinese Defense Ministry called the US a "liar and troublemaker."
The Chinese Ministry of Defense has labeled the United States a "liar and troublemaker," claiming that "everyone knows" which nation was "the biggest initiator" of the Ukraine crisis.
On Thursday, Ministry spokeswoman Wu Qian responded to allegations from anonymous US officials that Beijing was aware of Russia's attack on Ukraine in advance and had even begged Moscow to postpone it until after the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.
Wu slammed the accusations, as well as rumors of China supposedly sending military support to Russia, calling them "absolute disinformation" that works merely to "shifting blame to and slinging mud at China.”
China opposes attempts by the US to spread "false and malicious information targeting China," regarding Ukraine, said Qian.
The spokesman highlighted that the Ukraine crisis arose due to numerous reasons entwined in a "complex historical context," and added that "we all understand" which world power holds the biggest responsibility.
China expressed that it would play a "constructive role in seeking and realizing peace," and called on all parties to "keep the door open for dialogue, consultation, and negotiation to de-escalate."
He advocated for a "balanced, effective, and sustainable European security architecture," noting that the People's Republic of China has "never invaded other countries, never engaged in proxy wars, never sought spheres of influence, nor participated in any military bloc confrontation" since its founding.
Wu Qian's words came on the same day that Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stated Ukraine and EU nations had become "instruments" of the US.
Since the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, the US and its allies have implemented various sanctions against Moscow.