Kuleba offered China to become a security guarantor for Ukraine

Ukraine wants to see five members of the UN Security Council, including China, among the security guarantors, said Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba. He expressed hope that Beijing would call Moscow for a ceasefire

Dmitry Kuleba

Ukraine hopes to receive security guarantees from all five permanent members of the UN Security Council (France, USA, Russia, China and Great Britain), said in an interview with the agency Xinhua Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba.

“We offer China to become one of the guarantors of Ukraine's security, this is a sign of our respect and trust in the People's Republic of China”, — he said.

The head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry expressed the hope that Beijing would call Moscow for a ceasefire: “This will allow us to stabilize the situation and focus on ensuring the safety of citizens, including foreigners.”

According to Kuleba, the negotiation process between Moscow and Kyiv “significantly complicated”; after the last face-to-face meeting of the Russian and Ukrainian delegations in Istanbul at the end of March. On them, the Ukrainian side handed over to the Russian proposals, according to which Kyiv is ready for a non-nuclear and non-bloc status in exchange for security guarantees. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier that the talks had “stalled” as Kyiv left unanswered Moscow's latest proposals, formulated taking into account the comments of the Ukrainian side.

The head of the Kyiv delegation, David Arakhamia, pointed out that Ukraine insists on concluding an “international treaty that will be signed and ratified by all guarantors”, which, according to him, could be permanent members of the UN Security Council, as well as Turkey, Germany, Italy, Israel , Poland and Canada. The Russian Foreign Ministry agrees that Russia, the USA, Great Britain, France and China can become guarantors for Ukraine.

Readiness to take on the role of guarantors was expressed, in particular, by Germany, Italy, France and Great Britain.

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The day before, Kuleba urged the partner countries to “decide what security guarantees they are ready to provide.” President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that Kyiv requires such a format of guarantees, when the decision on assistance in case of aggression against the Ukrainian side will be made on the first day.

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