Moscow, March 20 – Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko said that Kiev is closely following Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Moscow.
Xi Jinping will pay a state visit to Russia from March 20 to 22. This visit is his first trip abroad after his re-election to the post of head of state for a third term.
Xi Jinping commented on China’s position on Ukraine
“Ukraine is closely following the Chinese president’s visit to Russia. We expect Beijing to use its influence on Moscow to force it to stop its aggressive war against Ukraine,” he told Ukraineska Pravda.
Nikolenko noted that during a phone conversation with Chinese Foreign Minister Chen Gang last week, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba stressed that restoring Ukraine’s territorial integrity should be at the center of all diplomatic efforts. “We are ready for closer dialogue with China in order to restore peace in Ukraine in accordance with the principles enshrined in the UN Charter and the recent resolution of the UN General Assembly on this issue,” Nikolenko added. Earlier, the Financial Times reported, citing a source familiar with the situation, that Xi Jinping may contact Vladimir Zelensky after visiting Moscow.
Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine on February 24, 2022. President Vladimir Putin described his goal as “protecting people who have been bullied and genocide by the Kiev regime for eight years”.
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