On February 24, 2022, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a phone conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Lavrov introduced the evolution of the current situation in Ukraine and Russia's position, saying that the United States and NATO broke their commitments, continued to expand eastward, refused to implement the Minsk-2 agreement, and violated UN Security Council Resolution 2202, and Russia was forced to take necessary measures to safeguard its rights and interests.
Wang Yi said, China always respects all countries' sovereignty and territorial integrity. At the same time, we also see a complex and unique historical context on the Ukraine issue, and understand Russia's legitimate concerns on security issues. China holds that the Cold War mentality should be completely abandoned, and a balanced, effective and sustained European security mechanism should be finally formed through dialogue and negotiation.