'Nature of peace' In Ukraine matters most: Blinken
The US Secretary of State says the UNSC should reject peace calls in Ukraine from countries that reportedly support Russia's military operation.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken claimed on Friday that the United States is prepared to join in diplomatic attempts to resolve the crisis in Ukraine, but what "matters is the nature of peace."
"The United States has long made it clear even before this war that we’re prepared to engage in any meaningful diplomatic effort to stop Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. But history teaches us that it’s the nature of the peace that matters," Blinken told the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
According to the top US diplomat, any settlement that legitimizes what he called Russia's "aggression" will weaken the UN Charter.
In reference to the Chinese peace proposal, Blinken considered that the UNSC should reject peace calls in Ukraine from countries that reportedly support Russia's military operation.
Earlier in the day, China issued a 12-point document titled "China's Position on the Political Solution of the Ukrainian Crisis," which advocated for, among other things, respect for all countries' sovereignty, a suspension of hostilities, and the restart of peace talks between Moscow and Kiev.
Austria's Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg described China's proposal as "an interesting signal" from Beijing, Politico reported on Monday.
In mid-January, Russia's ambassador to the UN Vassily Nebenzia told Sputnik that Moscow is prepared to consider Ukraine's conflict settlement proposals if Russia's security demands are considered.
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