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Brazil, China Launch Initiative for Russia-Ukraine Peace; Call on Other Nations To Endorse It

May 29—Brazil and China have put on the table a six-point proposal on the principles and steps required to promote peace talks between Russia and Ukraine, and called on other nations to endorse it as well. Viewed together with subsequent statements about the proposal, it becomes clear that this is a major initiative by two members of the BRICS, to mobilize the Global South to together persuade the developed countries to join in a peace effort before this conflict triggers a global, possibly nuclear war.

Sources report that the proposal is coherent with secret discussions taking place between sane Ukrainian military leaders who want to end NATO's war before it takes the last drops of Ukrainian blood and leads to a wider conflict, and their Russian counterparts. They indicate that move, which has the blessing of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and will expose the insipidness of the of the NATO-sponsored discussion at next month's socalled Peace Conference in Switzerland called by NATO's puppet Emperor of the Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy, which excluded Russian participation.

The proposal was issued following “in-depth” discussions between Wang Yi, China’s Foreign Minister, and Celso Amorim, Chief Advisor to the President of Brazil, in Beijing on May 23, under the title “Common Understandings Between China and Brazil on Political Settlement of the Ukraine Crisis.

They start by calling on “all relevant parties to observe three principles for de-escalating the situation, namely no expansion of the battlefield, no escalation of fighting and no provocation by any party.” And second: that “dialogue and negotiation are the only viable solution to the Ukraine crisis….” And for that: “China and Brazil support an international peace conference held at a proper time that is recognized by both Russia and Ukraine, with equal participation of all parties as well as fair discussion of all peace plans.”

Use of nuclear or other weapons of mass destruction must be opposed, and “all possible efforts must be made to prevent nuclear proliferation and avoid [a] nuclear crisis.” Attacks on peaceful nuclear facilities, including power plants, must not happen.

Humanitarian assistance and POW exchanges are also cited as needed steps towards creating conditions for peace, but it is their final, sixth point which addresses the need for a change in the global paradigm of relations between nations. The agreement states:

“Dividing the world into isolated political or economic groups should be opposed. The two sides call for efforts to enhance international cooperation on energy, currency, finance, trade, food security and the security of critical infrastructure, including oil and gas pipelines, undersea optical cables, electricity and energy facilities, and fiber-optic networks, so as to protect the stability of global industrial and supply chains.”

Wall Street’s Bloomberg News queried the next day what China intended to do next with this statement, and whether it would attend Ukraine’s June “peace conference” in Switzerland (to which Russia is not invited). Chinese Foreign Ministry Press Spokesman Wang Wenbin replied that the “six common understandings” reflect the widespread view that “the conflict could further escalate. It is widely believed that the pressing priority is to cool down the situation and accumulate conditions for a ceasefire. Many developing countries … have called for upholding an objective and just position on the Ukraine crisis. All of us believe that dialogue and negotiation is the only viable way out of the crisis. All of us oppose fueling the flames, and hope to build up international consensus to find the most extensive common ground for restoring peace…. We welcome more countries, developing and developed countries alike, to support and endorse these common understandings.”

Wang pointedly mentioned that China and Brazil are major developing countries which are founding members of BRICS.

As for whether China will attend the peace conference in Switzerland, Wang replied that “the answer can be found” in the statement that an international peace conference requires “equal participation of all parties.” 

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