- The invasion of Ukraine by Russia under the leader of Vladimir Putin has not brought about serious reactions from China
- In fact, the Chinese government is trying to avoid answering some key questions over the unprovoked invasion
- Instead of condemnation, China will go ahead with the wheat sales deal it struck with Rusia recently
In what many people might term a tacit support, China has refused to condemn Russia's attack on Ukraine.
Instead of doing this, it repeatedly calls for parties to "exercise restraint" and accusing the United States of "fueling fire" in the tensions.
In a ministry of Foreign Affairs briefing that went on for more than 90 minutes, spokesperson and Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Hua Chunying dodged more than 11 questions regarding Russia's actions in Ukraine, CNN reports.
Hua added that China would begin importing Russian wheat, a move that could ease the impact of Western sanctions on Russia.
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"The Ukraine issue has a very complicated historical background. It has evolved to the present situation due to the joint action of various factors ... security should be a matter of joint cooperation and sustainable security, and the legitimate security concerns of all parties should be respected and addressed."
Russia-Ukraine crisis: Federal government denies travel advisory in circulation
Meanwhile, the federal government on Tuesday, February 22, denied urging nationals planning to travel to Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, and Moldova to put it on hold.
The federal ministry of foreign affairs stated this in a tweet in reaction to a travel advisory contained in a press release dated Friday, February 18.
A viral press release claimed that all intending Nigerians planning to travel to these countries between Russia and Ukraine should pause because their embassies had stopped issuing visa with immediate effect following a “war alert”.
Legit.ng gathered that the ministry decribed the press release amid the growing tension between one of the world's superpowers, Russia and its neighbouring country Ukraine as fake news.
Anger, condemnation, disappointment as Russia moves against Ukraine
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that following Russia's recognition of two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine - Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) and the Luhansk People's Republic (LPR), and the subsequent deployments of troops there, many countries have expressed outrage over Vladimir Putin's move.
Many of these countries have come out to publicly lambast Russia while countries like China deployed a milder approach.
Kenya’s ambassador at the UN Martin Kimani said that Kenya and many African nations had been “birthed” with the end of colonialism and had not been able to set their own borders.