(MENAFN) Chinese President Xi Jinping's upcoming state visit to Russia is set to strengthen the friendship, cooperation, and peace between the two countries. The visit, scheduled from March 20-22, is an invitation extended by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin emphasized the visit's objectives during a recent news briefing, highlighting China's commitment to upholding an objective and just position on the Ukraine crisis and playing a constructive role in promoting peace talks.
However, the U.S. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby responded by opposing a possible call by China for a ceasefire in Ukraine. He argued that such a move would allow Russia to "restart attacks." This response by the United States shows that it does not want to see an end to the conflict in Ukraine that it has fostered and escalated all along.
The United States' approach to the Ukraine crisis is self-contradictory, as it portrays itself as a sympathizer with the weak, but in reality, it is not. Instead, the United States, along with its allies, is piling up military assistance to Ukraine and prolonging the conflict, causing the Ukrainian people to suffer from the bloody crisis until their last drop of blood is spilled.
The United States' interest in prolonging the crisis is not only political but also economic. By prolonging the conflict, the United States can weaken Russia, force Europe to further rely on the United States in security matters, and consolidate its hegemony. In addition to this, it can also profit enormously from the crisis. Recent news claiming that the United States was responsible for explosions of the Nord Stream pipelines is a clear indication of this.
The escalating crisis in Ukraine has led to restrictions on natural gas transmission channels of Russia-Europe pipelines, leading to a surge in demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the EU. According to the latest data from market research firm Kepler, the demand for LNG in the EU has surged in the context of the escalating crisis in Ukraine.
In conclusion, the Chinese President's state visit to Russia highlights China's constructive role in promoting peace talks. However, the United States' opposition to China's call for a ceasefire in Ukraine shows that it is not interested in ending the conflict. Instead, it is prolonging the crisis for its own political and economic interests.
MENAFN provides the information “as is” without warranty of any kind. We do not accept any responsibility or liability for the accuracy, content, images, videos, licenses, completeness, legality, or reliability of the information contained in this article. If you have any complaints or copyright issues related to this article, kindly contact the provider above.