Ukrainian soldiers from the 80th Brigade of the Paratroopers fire mortars at frontline positions near Bakhmut, Donetsk, Ukraine, March 16, 2023. Photo/REUTERS/Violeta Santos Moura
WASHINGTON – United States (US) National Security Council spokesman John Kirby emphasized that Washington firmly opposes a ceasefire between Russia and Ukraine.
Kirby called any peace initiative “unacceptable” under the current circumstances. A senior White House official made the statement Sunday (19/3/2023) in an interview with Fox News.
Kirby alluded to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s upcoming visit to Moscow to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin.
He stated that if any peace initiative came out of Xi and Putin’s meeting, Washington would reject it.
“What we have said before, and we will say it again today, that if out of this meeting, there is some kind of call for a ceasefire, well, that is unacceptable because all that will be done… is ratify the Russian Conquest to date, Kirby insisted.
According to him, Moscow and Beijing have “increased their cooperation and relations” recently.
He insisted the two countries had joined forces to undermine and “rewrite” what he called the “rules of the game globally.”
“Russia and China are two countries that oppose the international rules-based order that the United States and so many of our allies and partners have built since the end of World War II,” he said.
Recently, China laid out a 12-point roadmap for ending the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, which has been raging for more than a year.
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