President Xi Jinping spoke to Putin this morning calling for dialogue to resolve the war in Ukraine, but China refuses to call it an invasion and accuses the US of being the “culprit” of the current tensions.
- President Xi Jinping had a telephone conversation with Vladimir Putin this morning.
- Chinese PM says he supports Putin’s solution to war with Ukraine through dialogue
- China refused to call Russia’s military actions an “invasion” and criticize Moscow
- Putin said he was considering an offer to Ukrainian President Zelensky as his troops marched on the capital Kiev.
Chinese President Xi Jinping told Vladimir Putin he supported Russia’s efforts to resolve the war in Ukraine “through dialogue,” Chinese state television reported.
This morning, the leaders spoke on the phone, and the Russian president said he was ready to hold high-level talks with Ukraine.
However, Putin’s words do not seem to match his actions, as Russian troops have reportedly taken to the streets of Kiev and are fighting for control of Ukraine.
At least 137 Ukrainian civilians and military have been killed so far.
China has so far refused to call Russia’s actions in Ukraine an “invasion” and to criticize Moscow, despite the intensification of attacks by the Russian military.
Chinese President Xi Jinping told Vladimir Putin he supported Russia’s efforts to resolve the war in Ukraine “through dialogue,” Chinese state television reported. Pictured: Xi and Putin met in Beijing on February 2.
Putin told Xi that the United States and NATO had long ignored Russia’s legitimate security concerns, repeatedly violated their commitments, and continued to expand military deployments to the east, challenging Russia’s strategic goals, China’s foreign ministry said in a statement on its website.
Putin said that Russia is ready to negotiate with Ukraine at a high level.
China has repeatedly called for a solution to the crisis through dialogue.
According to the ministry, China supports Russia and Ukraine in solving the problem through negotiations, Xi told Putin.
Xi also called on all parties to abandon the Cold War mentality, respect the legitimate security interests of all countries, and build a balanced, efficient and sustainable European security mechanism through negotiations, the statement said.
Xi said China respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries, the statement said.
This comes after the Russian military said it had taken control of an airport near Kiev, and Kremlin forces were advancing on the Ukrainian capital.
Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko, brother of boxer Wladimir Klitschko, said the Ukrainian capital had “entered a defensive phase” and that both brothers and sisters would take up arms to defend Kyiv.
“The city has entered a defensive phase. Shots and explosions are heard in some quarters, saboteurs have already entered Kiev. The enemy wants to bring the capital to its knees and destroy us,” he said at a briefing.
Russia’s ownership of the Gostomel airport, which has a long runway that allows heavy transport aircraft to land, means that Putin’s forces will be able to move troops directly to the outskirts of Kiev.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said airborne troops landed in Gostomel with the help of 200 helicopters and killed more than 200 Ukrainian special forces.
Konashenkov claimed that there were no losses of Russian troops. This contradicts Ukrainian claims that Russian troops have suffered heavy losses in the fighting there.