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China calls US 'main instigator' of Ukraine crisis

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LONDON — China, which Russia has sought as an ally since being snubbed by the West over its invasion of Ukraine, has called the United States the "main instigator" of the crisis.

In an interview with Russia's state-run news agency TASS published Wednesday, China's ambassador to Moscow, Zhang Hanhui, said that Washington has repeatedly expanded its NATO defense alliance to support Russia's military efforts. accused of being cornered. He aligns Ukraine with the European Union, not with Moscow.

"As the initiator and main instigator of the Ukrainian crisis, Washington is imposing unprecedented and comprehensive sanctions against Russia while transferring weapons and military equipment to Ukraine. ,” Zhang was quoted as saying.

"Their ultimate goal is to impoverish and crush Russia with a protracted war and sanctions club." They strictly followed one of the civilizations, resulting in thousands of deaths and the devastation of entire cities, forcing more than a quarter of the population to flee their country. House.

Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Beijing in his February to meet with President Xi Jinping. It was at a time when Russian tanks were massing on the Ukrainian border, and the two sides agreed in what they hailed as an "unrestricted" partnership better than a Cold War alliance.

In an interview, Zhang said that Sino-Russian relations are entering a historic period, marked by the highest level of mutual trust, the highest level of exchanges, and the highest level of strategic strategy. He said. Importance. "

He accused U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of visiting Taiwan, an autonomous region China claims to belong to, last week, and said the U.S. was using the same tactics in Ukraine and Taiwan. “We are trying to revive China,” he said. Maintain the spirit of the Cold War, contain China and Russia, and create great power competition and confrontation.

"Non-intervention is the most fundamental principle for maintaining peace and stability in our world," Mr. Chan said, applying this principle to Washington's Taiwan policy. but not Russia's aggression against Ukraine.

Russia called the invasion a "special military operation" and said it was necessary not only to maintain its own security, but also to protect Russian-speaking peoples from persecution.

Ukraine and the West say these are groundless pretexts for imperial wars of aggression against neighboring countries that gained independence when the Moscow-led Soviet Union collapsed in her 1991. there is

(reported by Reuters; edited by Mark Heinrich)