China Refuses to Inflict Any Trade Sanctions on Russia Amidst Ukrainian Conflict

Chinese President Xi Jinping stands by national flags at the Schloss Bellevue presidential residency in Berlin on March 28, 2014. Chinese President Xi Jinping begins a landmark visit to fellow export powerhouse Germany Friday, the third leg of his European tour, expected to cement flourishing trade ties and focus on the Crimea crisis. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

China is refusing to budge on their decision not to inflict any trade sanctions on Russia amidst the current Ukrainian conflict.

As we have repeatedly said, we believe that sanctions are not an effective solution to solve problems. It is China’s consistent position that we oppose all illegal unilateral sanctions. China and Russia will continue to carry out normal trade cooperation following the spirit of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin said in a press conference on Tuesday.

The Chinese are taking a more measured approach regarding the conflict than Western powers, many of whom have called Russian President Vladimir Putin the next Hitler amidst a frenzied war propaganda effort that makes the build-up to the Iraq War look like child’s play.

China always supports and encourages all diplomatic efforts conducive to the peaceful settlement of the Ukraine crisis and welcomes the launch of the peaceful negotiations by Russia and Ukraine. We have noted that the two sides have agreed to conduct a new round of negotiations shortly. We hope they can keep up the dialogue and negotiation process to seek a political settlement that accommodates both sides’ legitimate security concerns, achieves common security in Europe and promotes Europe’s lasting peace and stability,” Wang stated.

The Ukraine issue has complex historical context and realistic factors. The Chinese side regrets the casualties. The current situation is not what we want to see. The top priority is for all parties to exercise necessary restraint to prevent the situation on the ground in Ukraine from deteriorating or even spiraling out of control. The life and property safety of civilians should be effectively guaranteed, and in particular, large-scale humanitarian crises should be averted,” he added.

Big League Politics has reported on another country, Brazil, maintaining their neutrality in the Russia/Ukraine conflict:

On February 27, 2022, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro refused to condemn Russian President Vladimir Putin for the military operations it has conducted against Ukraine. 

The Brazilian government’s official stance has been one of neutrality during this conflict. Bolsonaro shook things up the week prior by visiting Putin in Moscow to express his solidarity with the Eurasian country.

On February 25, Brazil voted in favor of a draft U.N. Security Council resolution that would have condemned Russian military operations in Ukraine. Bolsonaro was initially reluctant to denounce Russia’s actions against Ukraine. Russia ended up vetoing the resolution. 

During a press conference, Bolsonaro recounted that he had a two-hour conversation with Putin. Brazil’s foreign ministry clarified that Bolsonaro did not speak with Putin on February 27, and instead referred to Bolsonaro’s conversation with Putin in Moscow.

During the press conference on February 27, Bolsonaro stated that Brazil will maintain neutrality in the conflict.  He called attention to the fact that Russia and Ukraine were “practically brother nations.”

“We will not take sides, we will continue being neutral, and help with whatever is possible,” Bolsonaro stated. “A big part of Ukraine’s population speaks Russian.” 

When he was asked by a reporter if he was willing to criticize Putin’s actions, Putin stated he would wait for a final report to be released, or the military situation to be resolved, before making any formal opinion.

Bolsonaro stressed his refusal to sanction Russia because of the negative repercussions his country could face for doing so. He mentioned Russian fertilizers as a key component of Brazil’s agribusiness sector

Not every country is swallowing the propaganda about the Russia/Ukraine conflict. Countries like China and Brazil are performing their best efforts to avert World War 3 while the psychotic and deviant U.S. empire does everything in their power to stoke tensions.

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