Washington is calling on China to influence Russia and persuade Moscow to be diplomatic in the situation around Ukraine, US Deputy Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland said on Thursday, speaking to reporters at the State Department.
“We urge Beijing to use its influence with Moscow to sway it towards diplomacy, because if there is a conflict in Ukraine, it will not be good for China,” she said.
Nuland added that the conflict would significantly affect the global economy and energy sector. “It will be more difficult for all of us to return to what we should be doing,” she concluded.
The Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov called such information an empty and unfounded escalation of tension. Putin’s press secretary also stressed that Moscow does not pose a threat to anyone and that the situation won’t lead to a conflict.
At the same time, Peskov did not rule out the possibility of provocations to justify such statements and warned that attempts to use force to resolve the crisis in southeastern Ukraine would have the most serious consequences, Russian media added.