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Zelensky wants China's involvement in the peace talks

Volodymyr Zelensky

Volodymyr Zelensky

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said he wants to work with countries like China that have "influence over Russia" as his country faces a tough offensive from Moscow, urging Beijing to take part in peace talks next month. next in Switzerland.

Zelensky said in an interview with AFP on Friday that Chinese leader Xi Jinping assured him in a phone call that Beijing supports Ukraine's territorial integrity, although he did not say when the conversation between them took place, CNN reports.

"The engagement of global players like China is essential because they have influence on Russia, and the more such countries we have on our side, the more Russia will have to move," Zelensky said.

His statement came during Russian President Vladimir Putin's two-day visit to China, during which the two countries pledged deeper strategic cooperation.

Beijing has never condemned Russia's February 2022 invasion, instead claiming neutrality in the conflict, issuing an unarticulated 12-point stance on its resolution. 

Ahead of expected peace talks in Switzerland next month, Xi has called for negotiations that take into account the positions of both sides.

The summit to be held in Switzerland has drawn delegations from more than 50 countries so far, Reuters reported on Thursday, citing Swiss President Viola Amherd.