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China opposes sanctions on Russia and claims they do not bring peace

Beijing affirmed that the sanctions "lead to a scenario in which everyone loses"

Unilateral sanctions do not bring "peace or security" but rather economic difficulties to the countries where they are applied, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Wednesday, after referring to the recent US oil embargo on Russia.

"Sanctions intensify the confrontation and lead to a win-lose scenario," Lijian said.

The statements by the spokesman for Chinese diplomacy come a day after the president of the United States, Joe Biden, announced that his country will stop buying oil from Russia, as a measure for its military operation against Ukraine.

However, Lijian asserted that Beijing and Moscow have always maintained "solid cooperation in the energy field" and "will continue to carry out commercial cooperation that includes gas and oil," agencies point out.

Motivated by the military operation in Ukraine announced by the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, countries such as the US, Japan, the United Kingdom, Canada and the European Union (EU) have imposed severe sanctions on Moscow in the energy field, the transport sector, export , visa, freezing of assets, among others.

Amid all the conflict, China said on Monday that it is willing to continue playing a constructive paper in advancing the peace negotiations between Russia and Ukraine, as well as acting as a mediator if necessary.

USA misinforms

In his statements to the press, Lijian denounced that the United States criticizes China's position on Ukraine in order to "seek space for the plot to simultaneously repress China and Russia."

Lijian thus responded to the publication of two articles in The New York Times about China's alleged foreknowledge of Russia's military operation against Ukraine.

"The United States has been spreading disinformation about China on the Ukraine issue, in an attempt to deflect blame, stoke confrontation and profit from the issue," he was quoted as saying by Xinhua.

Lijian called this practice by Washington "despicable and malicious," asserting that the more they try to discredit "China with lies and exaggeration, the more it exposes its lack of credibility in the international community."

On the other hand, he confirmed that the actions of the US and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) have fueled tension between Russia and Ukraine, who have been in an armed conflict since February 24.

Lijian reported that this Wednesday the Chinese Red Cross will donate humanitarian aid worth 5 million yuan, the equivalent of 792.000 dollars, to the Ukrainian Red Cross.