As chinese president xi jin ping visit russia, Ukraine are on the watch fearing that china may supply russia with armed weapons thereby influencing the outcome of the war.
While China insists on respect for the principle of Ukraine’s territorial integrity, it has also render help to Moscow since the invasion in February last year.
“Ukraine’s expectations are at a minimum level: for things not to deteriorate,” Sergiy Solodky, first deputy director of New Europe Center think tank in Kyiv, told AFP.
The topic is so sensitive that Ukrainian authorities do not wish to comment publicly on the trip, planned from Monday to Wednesday during which Russian President Vladimir Putin and Xi are supposed to meet at least twice.
“Ukraine will follow this visit closely,” a senior Ukrainian official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.
“For us it is critically important that China maintains its policy of unwavering respect for the territorial integrity of other countries,” the official said, in reference to how Russia has claimed the annexation of five Ukrainian regions.