Kiev Hopes China Presses Russia To End War In Ukraine. PHOTO/Reuters
KIEV – Kiev hope China use influence Russia to end the war in Ukraine. This was stated by a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Oleg Nikolenko, Monday (20/3/2023).
“Ukraine is following the Chinese President’s visit to Russia closely,” Nikolenko said in a statement to Reuters shortly after Chinese leader Xi Jinping arrived in Moscow for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“We hope that Beijing will use its influence in Moscow to end the aggressive war against Ukraine,” Nikolenko continued.
Xi is expected to press Beijing’s role as a potential peacemaker in the conflict, after releasing a 12-point plan. Kiev said any peace move must involve a complete withdrawal of Russian troops and respect for Ukraine’s territorial integrity.
“We are ready to engage in closer dialogue with China to restore peace in Ukraine in accordance with the principles enshrined in the UN Charter, and the latest UNGA (UN General Assembly) resolutions on this issue,” Nikolenko said.
Earlier, Britain said on Monday that President Xi Jinping should stand by China’s declaration of support for respecting territorial integrity and demanded that Russia end its war in Ukraine.
“We hope President Xi will use this opportunity to put pressure on President (Vladimir) Putin to stop bombing Ukrainian cities, hospitals, schools, to stop some of the atrocities that we see every day,” said Prime Minister’s spokesman Rishi Sunak as Xi and Putin getting ready to meet in Moscow.
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