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China defends Russians’ ‘reasonable concerns’ for their security

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Russia found support. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Thursday defended Russia’s “reasonable concerns” for its security during a telephone exchange with his American counterpart Antony Blinken about Ukraine. “We call on all parties for calm, to refrain from heightening tensions and escalating the crisis,” Wang said, according to a statement released by his ministry.

Washington and its European allies accuse Moscow of preparing an invasion of Ukraine, after massing 100,000 soldiers near its neighbor’s borders. Russia denies any plan of invasion but demands that NATO undertake to refuse Ukraine membership, a request rejected by the West.

Blinken highlights ‘global security risks’

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Without naming NATO, Mr. Wang argued that “regional security cannot be guaranteed by the strengthening or expansion of military blocs”. He said “Russia’s reasonable security concerns must be taken seriously and addressed.”

For his part, “Secretary Blinken underscored the global security and economic risks that further Russian aggression against Ukraine would pose and indicated that de-escalation and diplomacy were the responsible path,” the spokesperson said. State Department spokesman, Ned Price, following this telephone call between the two heads of diplomacy.

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