Despite China’s supposed mediating role, Zelensky did not confirm whether he will speak with Xi Jinping

The President of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelensky (AP) (Efrem Lukatsky /)

Ukrainian President, Volodimir Zelenskyindicated this Tuesday that his government has not received confirmation or obtained details about a eventual conversation with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinpingwhich was scheduled for after the latter’s trip to Moscow.

“Regarding a meeting or conversation with China, we have received some signals, but there has been no confirmation. There is nothing specific yet”, Zelensky said in a joint appearance with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who was visiting Kiev.

The president said that his government has invited China to start talks and awaits a response from Beijing, while Russian President Vladimir Putin receives Xi Jinping in Moscow.

We have offered China to become a partner in the implementation of the peace formula. We broadcast our formula through all channels. We invite you to talk. We wait your answer”, he added.

Xi and Putin toast in Moscow (Sputnik/AP)
Xi and Putin toast in Moscow (Sputnik/AP) (Pavel Byrkin/)

During his visit to Moscow, Xi discussed the peace proposal he made to end the war, while deepening his alliance with Vladimir Putin.

The last high-level contact between Ukraine and China took place last week, when the foreign ministers of each country met. “We talked about the importance of the principle of territorial integrity,” Dmytro Kuleba wrote on Twitter after having a phone conversation with Qin Gang. In the same interview, the Chinese foreign minister called on Ukraine and Russia to resume their peace talks “as soon as possible,” according to the Beijing report.

Until now China has refrained from condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, launched just over a year ago, but has repeatedly highlighted the importance of respecting the borders of sovereign states. During his visit to Moscow, the Chinese president estimated that these relations are entering “a new era”, after signing a statement with his Russian counterpart for “deepen strategic partnershipbetween both countries. In turn, Putin praised for his part the “special nature of Russian-Chinese relations.”

(AP/Efrem Lukatsky)
(AP/Efrem Lukatsky) (Efrem Lukatsky/)

For its part, the United States stresses that it does not see China as an “impartial” mediator between Moscow and kyiv in the war in Ukraine.

I don’t think China can be considered reasonably impartial, in any way”, White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said after the meeting between Xi and Putin.

Kirby stressed that Beijing “did not condemn” the Russian invasion “or stop buying Russian oil,” and accused the Asian country of echoing “Russian propaganda” that claims the war in Ukraine was sparked by Western aggression.

The spokesman considered that both countries are not united by a true “alliance”, but by a “marriage of convenience”.

China and Russia “want to change the rules” that govern the international order, Kirby said.

However, he assured that the United States wants to keep communication channels open with China and that US President Joe Biden still intends to meet with Xi.

(With information from AFP and EFE)

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