Xi conveyed to Putin that “the majority support easing tensions” in Ukraine
Chinese President Xi Jinping told his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, during their talks in Moscow on Monday that “the majority of countries support easing tensions” regarding the “conflict” in Ukraine, the news reported on Tuesday. Chinese Foreign Ministry.
On the conflict in Ukraine, Xi stressed that “there are constantly increasing rational and peaceful voices. Most of the countries support an easing of tensions”. “They want peace and talks to be promoted, and they are opposed to adding more fuel to the fire,” Xi said during the four and a half hours of conversation with Putin, reminding him that “historically, conflicts have always been resolved on the basis of dialogue and negotiation”, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry in a statement.
The president also recalled that China issued a position paper in February in which it called for “a political solution” to the conflict, in addition to opposing unilateral sanctions against Russia.
“We believe that the more difficult it is, the more space should be left for peace. The more intricate the conflict becomes, the more we must do not to abandon efforts for dialogue,” Xi said, according to the statement. He also stressed that China is willing to “continue to play a constructive role in promoting a political solution to the conflict.”
China was one of the countries that abstained from voting on a resolution condemning the Russian invasion in the UN Assembly, and although it has not explicitly supported Moscow, it has opposed sanctions against Russia because “it does not They solve problems.”
Xi is expected to hold talks after his visit to Russia with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, while the West is skeptical of attempts at Chinese mediation.