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Zelensky Holds ‘Meaningful’ Call With China’s Xi Jinping

Apr. 26, 2023

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky held a call with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday, marking the first time the two leaders spoke since Russia launched its invasion last year. On Twitter, Zelensky said the conversation was “meaningful.”

“I had a long and meaningful phone call with President Xi Jinping. 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,” Zelensky wrote.

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Xi Jinping urges Volodymyr Zelenskyy to negotiate with Moscow

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Apr 26, 2023

Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Wednesday reassured President Volodymyr Zelenskyy that Beijing would not add “fuel to the fire” of the war in Ukraine and insisted the time was ripe to “resolve the crisis politically.”

While Xi’s remarks — as reported by the state’s Xinhua news agency — made no specific reference to international fears that China could send arms to Russia’s invading forces in Ukraine, his words will be read as a signal that Beijing won’t give direct military assistance to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Xi’s call with Zelenskyy demonstrates responsibility of a major country: Global Times Editorial

Apr 27, 2023

Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on the phone at the invitation of the latter on Wednesday afternoon. The two sides exchanged views on China-Ukraine relations and the Ukraine crisis. Xi pointed out that China’s readiness to develop relations with Ukraine is consistent and clear-cut. Regarding the Ukraine crisis, Xi reiterated China’s consistent position and proposition, stating that China will send the Special Representative of the Chinese Government on Eurasian Affairs to Ukraine and other countries to have in-depth communication with all parties on the political settlement of the Ukraine crisis. Zelenskyy welcomed China to play an important role in restoring peace and resolving the Ukraine crisis through diplomatic means. He also noted on social media platform that the talk was long and meaningful, which will strongly promote the development of bilateral relations.

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Kiev unlikely to appreciate calls for peace regardless of China’s efforts — Russia’s MFA

MOSCOW, April 26. /TASS/. Moscow has taken note of Beijing’s willingness to make efforts to launch a negotiation process on the Ukraine issue but Kiev is unlikely to appreciate calls for peace, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement on Wednesday.

“We have taken note of China’s willingness to make efforts to launch a negotiation process. We can see that our fundamental approaches are in line with the position paper that the Chinese Foreign Ministry released on February 24,” she said, commenting on a phone call between Presidents Xi Jinping of China and Vladimir Zelensky of Ukraine.

“So far, the Kiev regime has been rejecting all reasonable initiatives aimed at finding a political and diplomatic solution to the Ukrainian crisis,” Zakharova added.

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