China says it understands Russia’s ‘reasonable concerns’ over Ukraine

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Beijing on Thursday told Russia’s foreign minister it understands Moscow’s “reasonable concerns on security issues” over Ukraine, according to a statement from the Chinese foreign ministry, after President Vladimir Putin ordered an attack on the country.

In a phone call between Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Russian counterpart, Wang said that although Beijing “has always respected the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries… we have also seen that the Ukrainian issue has its own complicated and unique history”. “We understand Russia´s reasonable concerns on security issues,” he added. On Thursday’s call Wang told Sergei Lavrov that China advocates a “balanced” and sustainable European security mechanism to be achieved through dialogue and negotiation.

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