Xi Jinping will go to Russia for talks with Putin, there may be discussion on ending Ukraine war
At the same time, the US said before the Xi-Putin meeting that it would oppose the call for a ceasefire in Ukraine. “President Xi Jinping will pay a state visit to Russia from March 20 to 22 at the invitation of President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a brief announcement.
Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Russia from Monday. During this, he will hold important talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and he can advocate for peace talks to end the war in Ukraine. At the same time, the US said before the Xi-Putin meeting that it would oppose the call for a ceasefire in Ukraine. “President Xi Jinping will pay a state visit to Russia from March 20 to 22 at the invitation of President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a brief announcement.
Xi’s visit will be seen in Western capitals as a powerful signal of Beijing’s endorsement of Putin. This will be President Chinfing’s first overseas trip after the National People’s Congress (NPC) endorsed him for a third five-year term earlier this month. Asked whether Xi would advocate for peace talks to end the war between Russia and Ukraine, Wang Wenbin, another spokesman for China’s foreign ministry, told reporters, “We always believe that conflicts and Political dialogue is the only way to resolve disputes.”
Earlier this week, with the help of China, an agreement was reached between Saudi Arabia and Iran and both countries agreed to end their bitterness and diplomatic relations were restored between them. Chinfing’s visit is taking place after this development. Beijing has not condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and maintains close political, trade and military ties with Moscow. Announcing Xi’s visit, the Russian government in Moscow also said that the two leaders will discuss important issues related to the future of Russia-China comprehensive partnership and strategic dialogue.
The two sides may also exchange views on ways to enhance cooperation between Russia and China at the international level, according to Russia’s official Tass news agency on Friday. Russia’s news agency has also informed that several important bilateral documents will also be signed during the visit of the Chinese leader. A day before this announcement, Chinese Foreign Minister Chin Kang held talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba.
During this, Gang called for peace talks between Moscow and Kiev. According to China’s Foreign Ministry, Kang expressed hope that Ukraine and Russia would keep the door open for dialogue and negotiation and not close the door for a political solution. Regarding his conversation with Kang, Kuleba said on Twitter, “We discussed the importance of the principle of territorial integrity.”
He said he underlined to the Kang the importance of setting out Zelensky’s peace formula to end aggression. Referring to the 12-point position paper issued by China earlier to end the Ukraine dispute, Wang said the document fully states China’s fair and objective position on the Ukraine issue.
“Flazing the flames during the fighting and imposing unilateral sanctions will only make matters worse,” he said. Asked if Xi would hold talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky about the peace deal, Wang said, “China will maintain an objective and impartial position on the Ukraine crisis and play a role in promoting peace talks.” He said, “China’s position is unchanging and clear. We maintain contact with all the parties.
Wang ignored the US warning to China about Russia’s arms supplies, saying that China-Russia cooperation is above these things and there is no scope for interference from any third party. On the United States and the European Union describing and criticizing China-Russia relations as building a new global order, Wang said, “China-Russia relations are not based on any alliance and do not target any third party.” Is.” He said that China is committed to an international order centered on the United Nations and a global order based on international law. On ending the Ukraine conflict, Wang said China would continue to play a constructive role in the political settlement of the crisis.
Meanwhile, the US said on Friday that it would oppose any attempt by China to propose a ceasefire in Ukraine as a “confirmation of Russia’s victory”, the Associated Press reported. White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said Jinping should talk to Ukrainian President Zelensky to find out his country’s position on the war and avoid “unilateral” proposals.
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