Russia’s ally China needed to end Ukraine war, Swiss diplomat says


DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan – China needs to be involved in efforts to end the war between Ukraine and Russia, Switzerland’s co-chair of a meeting of top diplomats to prepare the ground for a peace plan said on Sunday.
“China plays a significant role. We must find ways to work with China on this,” Swiss Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis told a news conference after a session of the meeting.
China was not represented at the gathering of national security advisers ahead of the World Economic Forum in Davos.
The meeting of more than 80 officials is the fourth such gathering organised by Ukraine, which Cassis said must pave the way to talks between Moscow and Kyiv on ending the war.
“A peace for the Ukrainian people is urgently necessary … We must do everything to end this war,” Cassis said, adding that so far Russia and Ukraine were not willing to make concessions.
President Vladimir Putin sent thousands of troops into Ukraine in February 2022, triggering the biggest confrontation between Russia and the West since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.
Cassis said that countries that had a dialogue with Russia, such as Brazil, India and South Africa, were involved in the discussions in Davos and could play an important role.
“The participation of the BRICs alliance is very important because these countries have a relationship to Russia … All this can create this collective movement to bring in countries that are far from the conflict but can play a role in influencing China and Russia,” Cassis said.