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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned his Chinese counterpart on Wednesday that Russian aggression against Ukraine would threaten global security and economy.
A blunt warning. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told his Chinese counterpart that Russian aggression against Ukraine would threaten global security and the economy, the State Department said on Wednesday (January 26th).
“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 Department of Defense spokesperson said. State, Ned Price, following the phone call between Antony Blinken and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.
For his part, the Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wang Yi, defended, Thursday, the “reasonable concerns” of Russia for its security, during this same telephone exchange with Antony Blinken. “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 membership of Ukraine, a request rejected by the West.