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Xi tells Macron he is ready to "work hard" for peace in Ukraine

Apr 6, 2023

After talks between Xi Jinping and Emmanuel Macron in Beijing on Thursday, China expressed its readiness to work together with France to achieve a negotiated end to the war in Ukraine.

This was reported by a French diplomatic source to Reuters.

"The president (Macron - ed.) and Xi agreed to 'work hard' to speed up the end of the war and to get negotiations started in full compliance with international law," the source said.

The Reuters source did not provide specific details on whether China has changed its position on the war in Ukraine but said that the parties had agreed to continue negotiations.

According to the agency's source, Xi Jinping also noted that he was ready to call Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at his convenience.

In a statement after his meeting with Macron, the Chinese leader called on Ukraine and Russia to resume peace talks and find a political solution to the conflict.

For his part, the French president said the meeting was "frank and constructive" and urged China not to supply anything that Russia could use in its war in Ukraine.

Author - Olena Madiak, 06/04/2023

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