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China’s foreign minister is targeting Washington as tensions with Russia over Ukraine escalate.

China has left its political weight behind Russia as fears that it may invade Ukraine grow, noting Moscow’s “legitimate security concerns” in a call to US officials.

Speaking to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Russia’s security concerns over growing tensions in Europe over Ukraine should be “taken seriously” .

“All sides should completely abandon the Cold War mentality and form a balanced, effective and sustainable European security mechanism through negotiations,” China’s top diplomat said on Thursday, according to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Exteriors.

In a nod to Moscow’s concerns about the expansion of the NATO alliance into Europe, Wang added that “regional security cannot be guaranteed by strengthening or even expanding military blocs.”

He also said that China opposes “external interference” in the way other countries are headed.

Tens of thousands of Russian soldiers have been stationed on the border with Ukraine in recent weeks.

In response, the United States and other NATO member states have been conducting intense diplomacy with Russian President Vladimir Putin in recent days, as well as providing military reinforcement to Ukraine.

According to the State Department’s call, “Secretary Blinken stressed the global economic and security risks posed by a new Russian aggression against Ukraine and conveyed that escalation and diplomacy are the responsible path.”

The United States and its NATO allies have said they are prepared for any eventuality.

Russia has fueled a rebellion in the east of the former Soviet republic that has killed more than 13,000 people since 2014.

That year, Crimea was annexed after the overthrow of a government in Kiev that had resisted efforts to get closer to Europe.

Moscow has denied plans to invade Ukraine, but wants assurances that the country will not join NATO.

Wang also warned the United States to “stop interfering” in the Winter Olympics, which Beijing hopes will turn into a soft power triumph.

“The most urgent priority right now is for the United States to stop interfering in the Beijing Winter Olympics,” the foreign minister said.

Preparations for next week’s Games have been overshadowed by a US-led diplomatic boycott of China’s human rights record, especially for its Uighur Muslim minority in the Xinjiang region.

Wang added that Washington must also “stop playing with fire” with the issue of Taiwan, an island that China claims as its own territory.

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