China will send a delegation to seek a “political settlement” to the conflict

For the first time since the start of the conflict, Xi Jinping spoke on Wednesday by telephone with Volodymyr Zelensky.

By Le Figaro with AFP

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Chinese President Xi Jinping at a press conference in Beijing, China, April 6, 2023. LUDOVIC MARIN / AFP

China announced on Wednesday April 26 that it would send a delegation to Ukraine to seek a “political settlement” of the conflict.

The announcement comes as Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky for the first time since the start of theRussian offensive in Ukraine, state television CCTV said on Wednesday. “Xi Jinping had a phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky“, and told him that “dialogue and negotiation” are there “only way outto the conflict with Russia, the channel said. “On the subject of the Ukrainian crisis, China has always been on the side of peace and its fundamental position is to promote peace dialogue.“, he added.

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For his part, Volodymyr Zelensky said he had a “long and significantinterview with his Chinese counterpart. “I had a long and meaningful telephone conversation with the Chinese President“, indicated Volodymyr Zelensky on Twitter, information confirmed by the Ukrainian presidency to AFP. He also said he hopeda powerful thrust of the development of bilateral relationsbetween Kyiv and Beijing.

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