Russia sent troops into Ukraine, a sovereign country, triggering a slew of sanctions from numerous countries against Moscow. However, China refused to condemn Russia.

In a regular press conference in Beijing on Feb. 24, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying gave speeches around the Russia-Ukraine issue.

When AFP reporters asked whether China condemns Russia’s actions towards Ukraine, Hua said, “China is closely monitoring the latest developments. We call on all parties to exercise restraint and prevent the situation from spiraling out of control.”

A Bloomberg reporter also asked whether China thought Russia’s actions were aggressive or not and whether it violated the United Nations Charter. Hua replied, “On the Ukraine issue, we have stated China’s principled position. The Ukrainian issue has a very complex historical background and latitude and longitude. The evolution to today’s situation is the result of the combined effect of various factors.”

Hua said, “Now all parties are busy without any specific solution.” She only called on the parties concerned to exercise restraint.

Earlier on Wednesday, Ned Price, a spokesman for the U.S. State Department, said that China should respect the principle of national sovereignty and territorial integrity and urge Russia to make concessions on the Ukraine issue.

In her press conference, Hua answered CCTV about this issue, saying, “The U.S. is probably not qualified to tell China what to do.”

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