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BEIJING, March 16, /ITAR-TASS/. China “always adhered to unbiased and objective position” in settlement of current crisis in Ukraine. Beijing will continue to take effort to reconcile conflicting parties and to launch negotiating process, spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Qin Gang said in a statement posted on the website of the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Sunday.
“China always respected sovereignty of each country and its territorial integrity,” the Chinese diplomat said, noting that Beijing always adhered to “this priority course in diplomatic relations.” “We believe that current crisis in Ukraine was caused by historical prerequisites and current situation and it is needed to take well-balanced and well-weighted steps fully to resolve it,” he noted.
“China does not approve of any methods of standoff,” he stated. In his words, a draft resolution naming current referendum in Crimea illegitimate and urging different countries not to recognise its results “may raise only confrontation now and may deteriorate current situation even worse.” “This does not meet common interests of Ukrainian nation and international community,” Qin Gang said. “In current situation China calls on different parties concerned to stay in cool blood and moderation and to avert further deterioration of current situation. Topical task is to work out a political solution to the problem,” he noted.
“China has already put forward the country’s initiatives,” the Chinese diplomat said. He noted that China believed it was needed now “to develop an international coordination mechanism by all parties concerned as quickly as possible and seek for political ways to resolve current crisis in Ukraine.” “Now all parties concerned equally should not take any steps aggravating current situation,” he added.
On Saturday, Russia has vetoed down a draft resolution in the U.N. Security Council. The draft resolution has found current March 16 referendum in Crimea illegitimate and urged different countries not to recognise its results. The document that the United States had drafted jointly with other allies of Kiev authorities was supported by 13 U.N. Security Council states with one abstained country - China. Meanwhile, Chinese Permanent Representative to the United Nations Liu Jieyi called for resolving current Ukrainian crisis through talks and noted that clashes flared up in the country resulted from foreign interference.