On Friday, China's Foreign Ministry revealed a 12-point proposal aimed at resuming peace talks between Ukraine and Russia, ending all unilateral sanctions against Russia, and rejecting the use of nuclear weapons. The proposal also emphasizes the importance of upholding territorial sovereignty but remains vague on how that affects Russia or Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky Plans to Meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping
In a news conference on the first anniversary of Russia's invasion, President Zelensky announced his plans to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping regarding the proposed peace plan. Zelensky stated that the meeting would benefit both countries and world security. However, he added that he would only work with China if their ideas aligned with international law and territorial integrity.
Russia's Response to China's Peace Plan
Russia's Foreign Ministry welcomed China's peace plan and expressed openness to diplomatically achieving their military operation's goals. However, the spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, stated that this would require recognizing "new territorial realities" for Ukraine.
Other Negotiations for Peace Discussed
During the news conference, negotiations for peace were also discussed. President Zelensky declined to attend negotiations mediated by Turkey, stating that there is no one to talk to in Russia. Despite the ongoing war, Zelensky remained defiant and insisted that Ukraine would be victorious.