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EU to ask China at UN to push Russia towards ‘just peace’ in Ukraine

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European Council President Charles Michel will ask China directly at the United Nations Security Council to do more to push Russia towards a “just peace” in Ukraine, according to his draft speech seen by Reuters at the UNGA.

At the Security Council meeting held on Wednesday during the annual high-level UN General Assembly in New York, Michel will call for “a just peace that respects the UN Charter and its core principles — the territorial integrity of a sovereign nation.”


Michel will then turn directly to the Chinese delegation to say: “As responsible nations, let's join forces - to persuade Russia to end this criminal war that is hurting so many,” the draft says.

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China's Vice President Han Zheng is in New York for the annual gathering of world leaders for the UNGA, and is currently expected to attend the meeting of the 15-member council for China, diplomats said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is also expected to attend the council meeting.

China has abstained from votes by the 193-member UN General Assembly that overwhelmingly demanded that Moscow withdraw its troops from Ukraine and stop fighting. Russia invaded its neighbor in February 2022.

China's abstentions appeared to reflect a bid to stay on the diplomatic fence over the war in Ukraine. Beijing has said the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries must be respected, but - in a nod to Russia's unease about NATO - believes all security concerns should be addressed.

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