The European Union does not expect much from the meeting between the Chinese president, Xi Jinpingand its Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putinbut believes that it would be important for the Asian leader to reach out to Ukraine and its president, Volodymyr Zelenskyto support its “narrative” that it is “neutral” in the war of Moscow against kyiv.
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“We do not expect much from this meeting, what we do believe is that it would be important for the Chinese leadership to reach out to Zelensky and Ukraine” during his visit to Moscow, a European official said today.
Xi is making his ninth visit to Russia since Monday, during which he will have an informal lunch in the Kremlin with his “friend” Putin today around 1:30 p.m. GMT and tomorrow, starting at 12:00 GMT, formal negotiations with the respective delegations. , during which important agreements will be signed.
The meeting between Xi and Putin takes place against the background of the Russian war in Ukraine, in which China has maintained an ambiguous position, defending Ukrainian territorial integrity on the one hand and advocating taking security concerns into account on the other. From Russia.
The Chinese government, which has shown its opposition to the sanctions against Moscow, issued a statement in February on what it calls “conflict” in which it defends the abandonment of the “cold war mentality” and a ceasefire, which is not convincing to the West.
For this reason, the Twenty-seven believe that Xi should “reach out to Ukraine, because China is taking the approach of being neutral” and “If they are in this narrative, they must also reach President Zelensky”the senior European official insisted today.
Some media have advanced that the Chinese leader could also hold, after his visit to Moscow, a telephone conversation with the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, which would be the first between the two since the Russian invasion began thirteen months ago.
As early as February 24, 2023, Zelensky said that he would like to hold a bilateral meeting with Xi.
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