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China's Xi-Beijing To Send Special Rep To Ukraine To Conduct Talks


(MNI) London- Comments from Chinese and Ukrainian gov'ts hitting wires following Xi/Zelenskyy phone call.

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy tweets: "I had a long and meaningful phone call with President Xi Jinping. I believe that this call, as well as the appointment of Ukraine's ambassador to China, will give a powerful impetus to the development of our bilateral relations."
  • Chinese state media: "Xi says complex evolution of the Ukrainian crisis has had a significant impact on the international situation...China has always stood on the side of peace on Ukraine crisis, and China's core position is to urge peace and promote talks."
  • Chinese state media: "Xi: China will insist on persuading and promoting peace talks and make efforts for ceasefire as soon as possible." States that "China will send a special representative to visit Ukraine, conduct talks with all parties on resolving Ukraine crisis."
MNI: A more direct involved role for China in any attempts to reach a settlement in Ukraine could prove crucial to the eventual outcome of the conflict. For some time the West has warned on the prospect of China supplying Russia with weaponry in order to assist the 'no limits partnership' between the two nations. However, the broadly positive comments from Zelenskyy could indicate China seeking to perform a mediation role.

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