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Ukraine wants to arrange conversation between Zelenskyy and Xi – Ukraine's Foreign Minister

Thursday, 18 January 2024, 22:12
Ukraine wants to arrange conversation between Zelenskyy and Xi – Ukraine's Foreign Minister
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Ukraine is seeking to arrange a phone call between Chinese leader Xi Jinping and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy ahead of a summit to promote its Peace Formula, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba says.

Source: Kuleba in an interview with Bloomberg, as reported by European Pravda

Details: Ukraine’s top diplomat said Zelenskyy and Xi need to speak directly given that "there are things that they can talk about", which is why Kyiv is insisting on the call. He added that the Peace Formula is "a way to restore a long-lasting, just peace in Ukraine".

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Kuleba did not elaborate on the specific arrangements for the Chinese and Ukrainian leaders’ call.

Zelenskyy and Xi have only communicated once since the start of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine – in April 2023, following Xi's visit to Moscow. After that, Beijing dispatched a "peace mission" to states in Europe, the outcome of which was not disclosed.

Recently, Ukraine has made it clear that it wants China to help support the Peace Formula. However, no Chinese delegate attended the most recent national security advisers' meeting in Davos.

In addition, a meeting scheduled between Zelenskyy and Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang at the World Economic Forum was called off. The head of state later explained that he had not agreed on contact for protocol reasons.

Ignazio Cassis, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, where the fourth national security advisers’ meeting on the Ukrainian peace formula was held, said China must be involved in efforts aimed at ending the war between Ukraine and Russia.

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