China’s input necessary to end the war in Ukraine, Spanish PM says

24 March, 09:36 PM
Pedro Sánchez (Photo:REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo)

Pedro Sánchez (Photo:REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo)

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez believes that the world must listen to China in order to find a way out of Russia’s war against Ukraine, Reuters reported on March 24.

“China is a global player, so obviously we need to listen to its voice to see if together we can end this war and restore the territorial integrity of Ukraine,” Sanchez said at a press conference in Brussels.

He made the statement ahead of his visit to Beijing next week.

China released its 12-point "peace plan" on Feb. 24, outlining its stance on resolving the conflict.

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The plan calls for a ceasefire and negotiations but notably omits any mention of Russia withdrawing its troops from occupied Ukrainian territory.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he appreciated China's engagement in dialogue about Ukraine, although he disagreed with certain aspects of the plan.

On March 20-22, Xi Jinping visited Moscow – for the first time in four years. He is the first leader to meet with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin since the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for his war crimes in Ukraine.

On March 20, the Financial Times reported that after a visit to the Kremlin, Xi Jinping will hold a phone call with Zelenskyy. However, according to the President of Ukraine, Beijing is yet to confirm this.

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