March 20, 2023 15:55 GMT
US' Blinken Seeks To Play Down China Ukraine Peace Plan w/Xi In Moscow
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Wires carrying comments from US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken regarding Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Moscow. States that the "World should not be fooled by any tactical move by Russia supported by China." Adds that "Xi's trip to Russia after ICC action suggests China does not think Kremlin should be held accountable for atrocities in Ukraine." The US has sought to downplay the prospect of China's peace plan for Ukraine being viewed as a credible one by Kyiv or Ukraine's European allies. Blinken states that the visit is a 'stalling tactic' to allow Russian troops time to solidify their gains in the Donbas.
- Former Trump-era Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development Elbridge Colby on Europe's attitude towards US comments on China peace plan: "China is positioning itself to be the power that can *actually* conclude the conflict in Ukraine if/when Beijing wants to. This provides enormous leverage over Europe that dismissive comments from the White House cannot obscure."