Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 11:33
Chinese envoy urges political solution to Ukraine crisis
By Agencies

Chinese envoy urges political solution to Ukraine crisis 
China's Ambassador to UN Liu Jieyi speaks during a Security Council meeting on Ukraine at the UN Headquarters on March 3, 2014. (Photo / AP) 

UNITED NATIONS - A Chinese envoy here on Monday called on all parties involved in the tense situation in Ukraine to seek a political solution to their disputes through dialogue and negotiations.

"China is deeply concerned about the current situation in Ukraine," Liu Jieyi, the Chinese permanent representative to the United Nations, said at the third emergency Security Council meeting in four days on Ukraine.

Moscow's UN ambassador said here on Monday that ousted Ukrainian Viktor Yanukovych has requested Russian President Vladimir Putin in a letter to use force to help restore law and order in his turmoil-stricken country.

Vitaly Churkin showed a copy of the letter to the members of the UN Security Council as he spoke at an open council meeting on the current crisis in Ukraine.

"People are persecuted on political and language grounds," the Russian permanent representative to the UN quoted the letter, which was dated March 1, as saying.

"In this context, I appeal to the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, to use the armed forces of the Russian Federation to re-establish the rule of law, peace, order, stability and to protect the people of Ukraine," he continued.

Liu Jieyi emphasized that China consistently stands for the principle of non-interference in any country's internal affairs and respects the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

China calls on relevant parties to "seek a political resolution of their differences through dialogue and negotiation based on respect for international law and norms governing international relations in order to uphold regional peace and stability," Liu said.

In another development, the United States on Monday suspended all military engagements with Russia because of the crisis in Ukraine, including military exercises and port visits.

"We call on Russia to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine and for Russian forces in Crimea to return to their bases," Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said in a statement.

President Vladimir Putin has ordered troops that took part in military exercises in central and western Russia to return to base after completing their training, Russian news agencies quoted the Kremlin spokesman as saying on Tuesday.

Moscow had denied that the exercises, which began last week, had anything to do with events in Ukraine, where Putin has said he has the right to deploy troops to protect Russian compatriots.

The exercises ended on schedule.