Talks Between Ursula von der Leyen, Macron and Xi Jinping

by Meifan Honcharuk
Sunday, April 9, 2023
Talks Between Ursula von der Leyen, Macron and Xi Jinping

The Ukrainian issue will not let China's self-complacency about Russia

On April 7, talks were held between the leader of France, the European Commission and China. The purpose of the meeting was to demonstrate pan-European unity on the issue of supporting Ukraine, as well as to discuss common methods with China to counter military aggression. Importantly, the sacredness of respecting the UN Charter, humanitarian law, the protection of children, and Putin's nuclear blackmail were discussed.

"Is Ukraine a priority for Chinese diplomacy? Maybe not. But this dialogue serves to soften the comments we've heard about China's complacency about Russia," president Macron.

Earlier, Emmanuel Macron urged Xi Jinping "to reason with Russia and bring everyone back to the negotiating table."

Ursula von der Leyen described Xi Jinping's agreement to call Zelensky "when the conditions and time are right" as a "positive moment."

"China has always adhered to an objective and fair position on the Ukrainian crisis. We are in favour of a political settlement and peace talks," said Chinese foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning.

Unfortunately, the very wording "Ukrainian crisis" instead of "Russia's war against Ukraine" does not inspire optimism among those who really care about peace in Europe and the world.

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