White House spokesman Kirby expressed his views on the phone call between Zelensky and Xi Jinping.
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[Compiler Guan Shuping/Comprehensive Report] Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Chinese President Xi Jinping had a telephone conversation on the 26th, which was the first time since the Ukrainian-Russian war. , but it is hard to say whether it will lead to meaningful peace action.
John Kirby, White House National Security Council strategic communications coordinator, told reporters on the 26th, "We welcome the news that (China) President Xi and (Ukraine) President Zelensky had a phone call. good thing".
"Right now, whether this will lead to some sort of meaningful peace operation, or a plan, a proposal, I don't think we'll know right now," he said.
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"If there's going to be a negotiated peace, it's going to have to be when President Zelensky is ready ... in a strong position to negotiate," Kirby said; the U.S. would certainly welcome any effort to reach a just peace, as long as that peace is just, Durable, Reliable, "In our view, (peace) will not be long-lasting or reliable unless Ukrainians and President Zelensky are personally engaged and supportive."
Ukrainian state media reported that after the phone conversation, Zelensky tweeted that he had a "long and meaningful call" with Xi Jinping, "I believe this call, and the appointment of the Ukrainian ambassador to China, will be of great benefit to our bilateral relations." Infuse powerful dynamics into the relationship.”
According to China's official Xinhua News Agency, Xi Jinping used the "Ukrainian crisis" and avoided the word "war" in the phone call. He reiterated China's position of promoting peace and talks, saying that "dialogue and negotiation are the only feasible way out, and there are no winners in nuclear war"; It also announced that China will send a special representative on Eurasian affairs to visit Ukraine and other countries to communicate with all parties on the political solution to the Ukrainian crisis.
Ukrainian presidential spokesman Serhii Nykyforov said Zelensky had a phone call with Xi for "nearly an hour".
Immediately after the meeting, the Presidential Office of Uzbekistan announced the appointment of former Minister of Strategic Industry Pavlo Ryabikin as the new ambassador to China.