Beijing’s deputy permanent representative at the UN, Ambassador Geng Shuang, told a UN Security Council briefing that arming Ukraine “cannot win peace.”
Geng said China finds the “dire consequences of continuous provision of weapons to the battlefield worrying and disconcerting”.
“Weapons may be used to win the war, but they cannot win peace,” said Geng, according to a transcript of his statement to the UNSC on Thursday.
“Currently, the massive influx of weapons and equipment to the battlefield persists with expanding spillover effect, making the hope of ceasing hostilities more remote,” said the Chinese diplomat.
Ukraine says expecting more weapons from allies
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Friday said his country received new military equipment from its partners.
“Agreements with partners are being implemented. Heavy equipment, artillery, air defence systems are coming in. We continue [to] work on the next packages. News will be coming soon,” Zelenskyy said in a message on Telegram.
Ukraine is currently pushing for new weapons systems including the German Taurus missile system and the US Army Tactical Missile System, or ATACMS.
Belarus says protecting Russia from NATO strike
Belarus has claimed that it is protecting Russia from a possible NATO attack, according to state news agency Belta.
“The brotherly country of Russia, which is conducting a ‘special military operation’ in Ukraine, is at the forefront of the fight against neo-Nazism. On its territory, Belarus reliably protects Russia from a NATO strike in Russia’s back. It is the most important area of work for us,” Defence Minister Viktor Khrenin told a session at the second so-called International Anti-Fascist Congress in Minsk on Friday.
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