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| 12 April 2024, Friday |

Did Xi Jinping personally warn Vladimir Putin against nuclear attack in Ukraine?

As worries escalate regarding the Russia-Ukraine conflict, there is growing global apprehension about the possibility of a nuclear attack. The Financial Times recently reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping conveyed a warning to Russian President Vladimir Putin, urging him to refrain from deploying nuclear weapons in Ukraine. The concern is that Eastern Europe could become the site of the next catastrophic nuclear incident.
The report cited Western and Chinese officials as saying that the Chinese officials privately take credit for convincing Russia to stop veiled atomic threats.

It was also mentioned that Xi warned Putin face-to-face during his state visit to Moscow in March, which was one of his first trips outside China after strict lockdown measures under his zero-Covid policy.

Russia has often warned of an escalation in war and also said that the West’s continued support for Ukraine could lead to nuclear war.

The concerns were further raised when Belarus hosted Russian nuclear weapons. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko insisted that their deployment did not violate international agreements.
In one of his televised addresses, Putin talked about tactical nuclear weapons, saying that Russia would deploy the weapons “without violating our international agreements on nuclear non-proliferation”.

Putin had mentioned that he spoke to his Belarusian ally Alexander Lukashenko and that they had “agreed to do the same”.

In reference to China’s stance, Andriy Yermak, who is a top advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, said that Beijing’s opposition to Russian threats is an “important position”. Yermak said it on messaging app Telegram while sharing a screengrab of the Financial Times article.
In one of his televised addresses, Putin talked about tactical nuclear weapons, saying that Russia would deploy the weapons “without violating our international agreements on nuclear non-proliferation”.

Putin had mentioned that he spoke to his Belarusian ally Alexander Lukashenko and that they had “agreed to do the same”.

 

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