Spill-over effects of Russia curbs worry China, Pakistan

Chinese, Pakistani foreign ministry release statements after a meeting of the two countries' foreign ministers

Reuters March 23, 2022


China and Pakistan share concern about the "spill-over effects of unilateral sanctions" on Russia over its war against Ukraine and called for a ceasefire and diplomatic resolution to the crisis, the Chinese foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

The two countries have refrained from condemning Russia over its February 24 invasion of Ukraine, unlike Western countries that have imposed unprecedented financial and corporate sanctions in response to what Russian President Vladimir Putin calls a "special military operation". 

"Both expressed concerns about the spill-over effects of unilateral sanctions", the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement following a meeting on Monday in Pakistan between the two countries' foreign ministers. 

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"Both called for a ceasefire through diplomatic dialogue and hope that based on the principle of indivisible security, a fundamental solution to the Ukraine problem can be found", the Chinese ministry said. 

Pakistan's foreign ministry also issued a statement on the talks in Islamabad, echoing the call for a ceasefire, but it did not mention concern about sanctions. 

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng said on Saturday that Western sanctions against Russia were getting "more and more outrageous". 


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