President Xi Jinping spoke to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky over the telephone for the first time since the start of the Russian invasion.
For the first time since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks over the phone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday, April 26.
“I believe that this call, as well as the appointment of Ukraine’s ambassador to China, will give a powerful impetus to the development of our bilateral relations”, said Zelensky in a post on Twitter after an hour-long call with Xi.
Zelensky said that this call was “long and meaningful”, this call fulfilled a longstanding goal for Ukraine, which has sought such talks with the Chinese counterparts for months, as per Reuters.
Zelensky also made a post on Telegram messenger and said they discussed “possible cooperation to establish a just and sustainable peace for Ukraine”.
Meanwhile, as per Chinese state media, Xi said that “China would send special representatives to Ukraine and hold talks with all parties seeking peace”.
This call comes after China has promoted a 12-point peace plan for Ukraine since February.
Xi said, “China will focus on promoting peace talks and make efforts for a ceasefire as soon as possible”.
He also stated that “As a permanent member of the UN Security Council and a responsible major country, we will neither sit idly by nor pour oil on fire, still less seek to profit from it”.
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