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China’s Support for Russia Crumbling: Xi Expresses “Deep Regret” Over Putin’s Tragic War

China expressed “regret” for the deaths in Ukraine and described the current situation as “undesirable,” while refusing to recognise Russia’s military activity as a “invasion.”

“The safety of civilians’ lives and property should be effectively guaranteed, and in particular, large-scale humanitarian crises should be prevented,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said in a press conference on Tuesday.

“The present situation is undesirable to us,” Wang said, adding that all parties must exhibit “necessary restraint” to prevent the situation in Ukraine from worsening.

China, on the other hand, avoided answering questions about whether Russia’s actions in Ukraine are a “invasion,” instead stating that the crisis has a “complex history and reality” and that it supports “all diplomatic efforts” to settle it.

China “always advocates a vision of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security,” Wang said, adding that Russia’s “legitimate security demands” should be “taken seriously and properly addressed.”

When asked if China would give supplies to Ukraine, Wang said the country is eager to “play a constructive role” in de-escalating the situation and that appropriate information would be released “in due course.”

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