Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin(汪文斌) hosted a regular press conference on Feb. 28. A reporter asked him about China’s attitude towards Putin’s order to put nuclear deterrent forces in a ‘special regime of combat duty’.

In response, Wang Wenbin said that on one hand China is closely watching the development of the situation in Ukraine, urging all sides to “exercise restraint” and avoid escalating the situation. On the other hand, the spokesman also has a point to support Russia’s rhetoric.

He said, “I want to stress once again that, when it comes to European security, all countries’ legitimate security concerns should be taken seriously. When NATO has made five waves of eastward expansion, Russia’s legitimate demands should be taken seriously and addressed properly”.

The Chinese spokesman also reiterates Beijing’s opposition to sanctions imposed by the U.S. and E.U. He said, “China disapproves of the use of sanctions to solve problems, still less unilateral sanctions that have no basis in international law.”

On the same day, Foreign Minister Wang Yi also had a conversation with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock. The German foreign minister said that China held a “special responsibility” in the Ukraine crisis.

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