As the South China Morning Post reported, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said that the situation in Ukraine is ‘grave’ and China is deeply concerned about it, at a press conference on Friday, March 11.

Li gives this comment as Russia is intensifying aggression towards Ukraine, and the West, led by the U.S., are boosting measures to punish the Kremlin.

The Chinese Premier said, “The current situation in Ukraine is indeed worrying, and every effort should be made to support the Russian and Ukrainian sides in overcoming difficulties to negotiate a peaceful outcome”.

“We support and encourage all efforts conducive to a peaceful resolution of the crisis,” and he added, “The pressing task now is to prevent tension from escalating or even getting out of control.”

Li did not use the term “invasion” when mentioning the war between Russia and Ukraine.

So far, the Chinese government’s officials have refused to condemn Russia for the invasion. They also opposed the U.S. and E.U. sanctions on Moscow.

On Friday, Li criticized the impact of the sanctions. He said, “The current world economy is already struggling from the impact of the pandemic and other effects, and the sanctions in question will have a knock-on effect on the world economic recovery, to the detriment of all parties”.

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