China urges Russia, Ukraine to hold talks, warns against using nuclear weapons

SpaceWar.com reports: “China called Friday for urgent peace talks as it released its plan to end the war in Ukraine, but Western powers quickly rebuffed the proposals while warning against Beijing’s closening ties to Moscow.

The 12-point paper calling for a ‘political settlement’ of the crisis follows accusations from the West that China is considering arming Russia, a claim Beijing has dismissed as false.

Timed to coincide with the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the paper calls for all parties to ‘support Russia and Ukraine in working in the same direction and resuming direct dialogue as quickly as possible’.

It also makes clear its opposition to not only the use of nuclear weapons, but the threat of deploying them, after Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened to use Moscow’s atomic arsenal in the conflict.

The United States immediately slammed the paper, with President Joe Biden’s national security advisor saying the war ‘could end tomorrow if Russia stopped attacking Ukraine and withdrew its forces’.

‘My first reaction to it is that it could stop at point one, which is to respect the sovereignty of all nations,’ Jake Sullivan told CNN…”

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