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UK PM urges China to condemn Russian invasion of Ukraine

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FILE – In this Monday, Aug. 26, 2020 file photo, Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures during his final press conference at the G7 summit in Biarritz, southwestern France. Both British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Italian right-wing leader Matteo Salvini found themselves in political corners this week, each in his own way having lost bets that their popularity would carry the day. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday urged China to join Western nations in condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“As time goes on, and as the number of Russian atrocities mounts up, I think it becomes steadily more difficult and politically embarrassing for people either actively or passively to condone Putin’s invasion,” he told the Sunday Times.

There were now “considerable dilemmas” for countries who were yet to speak out against Russian President Vladimir Putin, he said, adding: “I think that in Beijing you are starting to see some second thoughts.”

Ukraine on Saturday called on China to condemn “Russian barbarism” after dozens were killed in new strikes.

Ukraine and the United States are concerned about Chinese potentially sending military aid to Russia or helping Moscow circumvent Western sanctions.

US President Joe Biden has warned Chinese leader Xi Jinping of “consequences” if he backs Russia, but Beijing has so far showed no sign of criticising the invasion.

Johnson called the crisis a “turning point for the world” during a speech at his Conservative Party conference attended by the Ukrainian ambassador to London, Vadym Prystaiko.

“There are some around the world… who say that we’re better off making accommodations with tyranny… I believe they are profoundly wrong,” the British leader told the conference in Blackpool, northwest England.

“To try to renormalise relations with Putin after this, as we did in 2014, would be to make exactly the same mistake again, and that is why Putin must fail.

“This is a turning point for the world and it’s a moment of choice. It’s a choice between freedom and oppression,” Johnson said.

AFP

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