EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has advocated that China must mediate in the Ukraine crisis. “There is no alternative,” Borrell told the Spanish newspaper El Mundo over the weekend. According to Borrell, neither the Europeans nor the US could be considered mediators at this time. He ruled out a revival of the Normandy format. “It has to be China, I trust in that,” Borrell said. However, there are no concrete plans for talks yet. “We haven’t asked for it and they haven’t either.” Who can mediate in the war, however, seems clear to Borrell: “It has to be a major power.” He added that the People’s Republic “must play a role” in the diplomatic negotiation of the crisis. Borrell’s statement caused discussion on social networks on the weekend – because so far China had not attracted attention as a mediator, but rather with pro-Russian statements.
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