China’s Xi calls Ukraine’s Zelenskyy, after weeks of intensifying pressure to do so

By | April 26, 2023

NPR reports:

Chinese leader Xi Jinping called Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, over a month after Xi’s summit in Moscow with Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin.

Xi made the call to Zelenskyy after weeks of intensifying pressure from Western leaders to use his influence with Putin to broker a deal toward ending the war in Ukraine, which began with Russia’s invasion in late February 2022.

It was the first call between Xi and Zelenskyy since the Russian invasion, the Ukrainian government said. China said it happened on Wednesday, at the invitation of Zelenskyy.

Writing on Twitter, Zelenskyy said the call was “long and meaningful” but there were no specifics on whether they talked of ways of finding an end to the conflict. [Continue reading…]