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Zelenskyy invites Xi Jinping to visit Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has invited Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit, AP news agency reported on Wednesday (March 29).

“We are ready to meet him here,” Zelenskyy told the news agency in an interview.

Mr. Xi has not spoken to Mr. Zelenskyy since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine in February last year, but China announced a 12-point plan for “a political solution to the Ukraine crisis” in October. before.

Mr. Xi discussed the conflict with his “close friend”, Russian President Vladimir Putin, during a state visit to Moscow last week, although negotiations showed no progress on how to proceed. ending the war.

China’s proposal includes calls for de-escalation and ultimately a ceasefire in Ukraine.

But the United States rejected the proposal, as China refused to condemn Russia for its invasion.

The US says a ceasefire now would lock in Russia’s territorial interests and give Putin’s troops more time to regroup.

Ukraine has welcomed China’s diplomatic engagement, but Zelenskyy has said he will only consider peaceful solutions after Russian troops leave Ukrainian territory.

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