Zelenskyy would like to meet with Xi Jinping
Xi Jinping (Photo:REUTERS/Tingshu Wang)
In the wake of Beijing presenting its so-called “peace plan” for Ukraine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said it would be beneficial to hold bilateral talks with China.
“First of all, I plan to meet with Xi Jinping, as I believe that this will be beneficial to our states and security in the world,” Zelenskyy said during a press conference on Feb. 24.
The president recalled that besides the ingoing Russian invasion dominating the country’s diplomatic agenda, much of Ukraine’s international trade is conducted with China.
“The war isn’t the only issue,” he said.
“The issue is that we are interested in maintaining economic relations.”
According to Zelenskyy, China respects Ukraine’s territorial integrity and it must do everything it can to ensure Russia withdraws its troops.
Over the past year, China has refrained from criticizing the full-scale war unleashed by Russia against Ukraine and claimed that it took an “objective and fair position.”
Earlier on Feb. 24, China released a 12-point "position paper" on Russia's full-scale war against Ukraine. In particular, Beijing speaks of respect for territorial integrity, calls for negotiations, opposes "unilateral sanctions," and opposes the use of nuclear weapons. At the same time, China does not condemn Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine and the war crimes of the aggressor.
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