Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy have held a phone call for the first time since the beginning of the Russian invasion.
Xi, Zelenskiy hold ‘long and meaningful’ Ukraine call
Chinese President Xi Jinping has spoken to Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelenskiy by telephone for the first time since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Zelenskiy immediately signalled the importance of the chance to open closer relations with Russia’s most powerful friend, naming a former cabinet minister as Ukraine’s new ambassador to China.
Describing the hour-long phone call as “long and meaningful,” Zelenskiy tweeted: “I believe that this call, as well as the appointment of Ukraine’s ambassador to China, will give a powerful impetus to the development of our bilateral relations.”
Xi told Zelenskiy that China would send special representatives to Ukraine and hold talks with all parties seeking peace, Chinese state media reported.