Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he was looking for an opportunity to speak “directly” to the Chinese president Xi Jinping to end the Russia-Ukraine war.
Zelenskyy said his country had consistently sought close ties with China in the years leading up to the conflict and urged Beijing to end the fighting.
“It’s a very powerful state. It’s a powerful economy… So (it) can influence Russia politically and economically. And China is [also a] permanent member of the UN Security Council,” said Zelenskyy South China tomorrow post in a (n interviewand emphasized that “without the Chinese market for the Russian Federation, Russia would feel completely economically isolated”.
Zelenskyy told the publication: “I would like to speak directly. I had a conversation with [President] Xi Jinping, that was a year ago.”
“Since the start of the large-scale aggression on February 24, we have officially requested a talk, but we have not had a talk with China (yet), although I believe that would be helpful,” he added.
While Zelenskyi hopes China will approach the conflict differently, Xi recently spoke to the Russian president Wladimir Putin in June and reiterated his support for the Kremlin amid the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Xi reiterated his country’s support for Russia’s sovereignty and security concerns, noting “the legitimacy of measures taken by Russia to protect fundamental national interests in the face of challenges to its security from external forces.”