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Status: 02.06.2024 21:30

Ukrainian President Zelensky is as soon as once more in search of worldwide solidarity – now on the Asian Security Conference in Singapore. There he sharply criticized China, saying Beijing is torpedoing peace efforts.

Jennifer Johnston

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was the shock visitor on the safety summit in Singapore. His purpose: to persuade crucial nations in Asia of his place and to advertise participation within the peace summit, which is able to happen in Switzerland in two weeks.

At a press convention, Zelenskyj criticized China for attempting to forestall nations from collaborating within the summit: “Unfortunately, Russia is using China's influence in the region, using Chinese diplomats to disrupt the peace summit. Unfortunately, such a large, independent and powerful country as China is allowing itself to be turned into an instrument in Putin's hands.”

Zelenskyj additionally acquired assist from Germany on the summit in Singapore. Tobias Lindner, State Secretary within the Foreign Office, defined: “Of course we are talking about the situation in Ukraine in bilateral talks. We are making it clear how the situation in Ukraine is interwoven with the security situation in the Indo-Pacific, for example with North Korea. And we are strongly encouraging as many states as possible to take part in the peace conference in Switzerland.”

China rejects

So far, greater than 100 states and organizations have confirmed their participation within the Swiss summit in mid-June, mentioned Zelensky. China regrets not desirous to take part, though the nation may make an vital contribution, notably with regard to meals security and nuclear security.

Chinese Defense Minister Dong Jun mentioned in Singapore that his nation was cautious to not assist both Russia or Ukraine: “As for the Ukraine crisis, China has promoted peace talks with a responsible attitude. We have never supplied weapons to any of the conflicting parties. We have introduced stricter controls on the export of dual-use goods and have never done anything to fan the flames. We stand firmly on the side of peace and dialogue.”

Peace summit in all probability even with out Biden

During a one-hour assembly with US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin in Singapore, Zelenskyj identified that Russia's makes an attempt to disrupt the talks could possibly be thwarted if the respective heads of state got here to the summit. The Ukrainian thus not directly criticized once more the truth that US President Joe Biden shouldn’t be anticipated to journey to Switzerland, however solely a high-ranking consultant.

However, Zelensky thanked the US for the current concessions on army assist. They may now perform restricted strikes towards Russian territory to forestall Russia from additional increasing its fight space. In addition to the US, Zelensky additionally named nations comparable to Germany and the Netherlands, highlighting specifically the provision of air protection programs.

Put stress on Russia

The peace summit in Lucerne will give attention to three fundamental points: prisoner change, meals and nuclear safety. Another purpose is to place extra stress on Russia to deliver again kidnapped Ukrainian youngsters. Zelenskyj accused Putin of getting 20,000 youngsters kidnapped. After the summit, a plan will likely be handed over to Russia. The higher the participation within the peace summit, the higher the stress on Russia.

Zelenskyj subsequently hopes that different nations will attend the summit. In Singapore, he has held bilateral talks with the designated president of Indonesia and Singapore's new prime minister Lawrence Wong, amongst others. So far, he has solely been capable of safe the dedication of the small Southeast Asian nation of Timor-Leste on the weekend.

Following the safety summit in Singapore, Zelensky travelled to the Philippines to advertise participation within the peace summit there as effectively.

Jennifer Johnston, ARD Singapore, tagesschau, 02.06.2024 21:05