Spain’s PM Sanchez to push for ‘territorial integrity’ for Ukraine in China visit

By Paul and Mathiasen

SANTO DOMINGO (Reuters) – Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Saturday he would push for fair peace in the war in Ukraine that included “territorial integrity” during a state visit to China next week.

Sanchez, speaking to journalists at the Ibero-American Summit meeting in the Dominican Republic, said he would discuss peace prospects with Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is trying to position himself as a mediator in the war between Russia and Ukraine.

“The most important thing … is that when this peace is reached in Ukraine, it will be fair and lasting … and when we talk about fair, I mean that the territorial integrity of Ukraine, which has been violated by Putin, is respected,” Sanchez said in a news conference.

Spain, a NATO member whose foreign policy is closely aligned with the United States, is a staunch ally of Ukraine and will assume the presidency of the Council of the European Union in July.

Last month, Beijing outlined a 12-point peace plan and called for a comprehensive ceasefire. Xi recently traveled to Moscow, where he described China’s position on the conflict as “impartial”.

(Reporting by Paul Mathiasen in Santo Domingo, writing by Cassandra Garrison; Editing by Robert Birsel)