Chinese military official speaks of need to stop punitive operation against civilians in east Ukraine
"During the discussion of topical international security problems separate attention was paid to the situation in Ukraine. The head of the Chinese delegation expressed support for the Russian position and voiced serious concern about the developments in Southeastern Ukraine stressing the importance of stopping Kiev's punitive operation against civilians," a report of the Russian Defense Ministry press service received by Interfax on Sunday says.
The toppling of the legitimate Ukrainian authorities by Maidan protesters is the main cause of the Ukrainian crisis, Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping told Russian reporters in Beijing on Tuesday.
"Concerning the ongoing violence in Ukraine, I think this is the result of the toppling of the legitimate authorities of this country in the course of disturbances and provocations staged on Maidan," the deputy minister said.
"This is the direct cause of the crisis," Cheng said.
Another reason for the current situation in Ukraine is the Western policy, he noted.
"External influence, primarily, that of the United States and Western countries which are trying for force Ukraine to follow the development path of Western democracies, cannot be ignored either," the senior diplomat said.
Since the moment the country proclaimed its independence, "Ukraine has been torn between two paths: Western-style development and the path, which meets its national specifications," he said.
"This has an extremely negative effect on the stability and economic development of Ukraine."
"The Ukrainian issue is an internal affair of Ukraine, which needs to be resolved by the Ukrainians themselves. We are opposed to any forms of external interference," the Chinese deputy foreign minister stressed. He added that the Ukrainian problem should be resolved on the basis of the Geneva agreements of April 17, Interfax reports.
The sanctions imposed by the West on Russia over the Ukrainian events will not help normalize the situation and settle the crisis in the country, Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping told Russian reporters in Beijing on Tuesday.
"We believe that the introduction of sanctions against Russia by certain members of the international community is unable to help resolve the Ukrainian crisis," the diplomat said.
Cheng reaffirmed China's readiness to make further efforts to help bring the situation in Ukraine back to normal by political methods.
"As before, the Chinese side is ready to play a constructive role in the cause of resolving the Ukrainian issue by political methods based on the principles of objectivity and justice and in compliance with international law," he said, Interfax reports.
China's Vice Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping said "domestic affairs in Ukraine should be settled by the Ukrainian people," as he responded to TASS request to comment on the results of the referendum in Ukraine's Donetsk and Lugansk regions.
"I believe that the referendum in Ukraine are the internal affair of that country. China's foreign policy course implies non-interference in the domestic policy of foreign states," Cheng Guoping said. "The legitimate interests of all peoples in Ukraine should be respected."
On Monday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said the settlement of the Ukrainian issue should "meet the just, legitimate and reasonable demands of the parties comprehensively, in a balanced way and in full measure."
The Ukrainian crisis must be settled "on the basis of law and order", and the parties need "to settle their disagreements properly," Chinese diplomats said.
On May 11, Ukraine's Donetsk and Lugansk regions held referendums on the status of these regions amid the ongoing punitive operation launched by the Kiev authorities. According to the Central Election Commission, some 80% of the electorate took part in the voting in the Donetsk region and approximately as many in the Lugansk region.
The referendums were held in connection with the declaration of Donetsk People's Republic and Lugansk People's Republic in April. Independence of the provinces was supported, respectively, by 89.7 percent and 96.2 percent of voters.