Financial Times: Xi Jinping personally warned Putin against using nuclear weapons in the war against Ukraine
Chinese leader Xi Jinping personally warned Kremlin dictator Vladimir Putin against using nuclear weapons against Ukraine. This demonstrates Beijing's concern about Russia's war in our country despite China's "tacit support" of Russia
This is the subject of the Financial Times article. It is noted that the Chinese Leader warned Putin during his state visit to Moscow in March, which was one of his first trips outside China after several years of isolation under the "zero covid" policy.
As a senior Chinese government adviser noted, deterring Putin from using nuclear weapons is central to China's campaign to repair damaged ties with Europe, since a full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022 has put Moscow and its ally Beijing at odds with much of the continent.
The publication stressed that Xi's warning gave hope that China was reinforcing its public rhetoric, in which it has consistently opposed the use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine behind closed doors, as well as warning of potential consequences for bilateral relations that would be enough to stop Putin from making such a move.
The office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has already reacted to the Financial Times' article. The head of the OP Andriy Yermak welcomed such news.
"China's position on the nuclear threat from the crazy Russian terrorist is important," he wrote.
To remind: at the same time, China seeks closer military cooperation with Russia. On July 3 in Beijing, Minister of Defense of the People's Republic of China Li Shangfu held a meeting with Nikolai Yevmenov, the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy. The Chinese minister said that "through the joint efforts of both sides the relations between the two armed forces will continue to deepen and strengthen, constantly making new progress and reaching a new level."
As OBOZREVATEL reported:
- EU foreign and security policy spokesman Peter Stano voiced the opinion that China's real intentions are opaque, but it most likely does not support Russia militarily and seems to keep Kremlin dictator Vladimir Putin under control somehow, preventing him from raising the degree of violence in the Russia-Ukraine war. In doing so, Beijing is using Moscow to its own advantage;
- Li Hui, the Chinese government's special representative for Eurasian affairs, said that there are "many difficulties" between Ukraine and Russia. Despite this, however, neither side has "closed the door" to negotiations.