Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said he plans to meet China’s leader Xi Jinping to discuss Beijing’s peace proposals for the end of the war in Ukraine.
The comments came after the United Nations General Assembly, where Beijing stated its support for diplomatic negotiations and offered solutions to end the war in Ukraine.
Speaking during a Q&A session in Kyiv to mark the first anniversary of Russia’s invasion, Zelensky said it was a good thing that China started to talk about Ukraine.
“First of all, I am planning to meet with Xi Jipping and I think it will be beneficial for our countries and for world security. Together with China we have large trade. This is not only about war. We are countries interested in keeping our economic relationships,” Zelensky was reported as saying (in translated footage).
The Ukrainian President said this was not China’s peace plan, as it wasn’t a declaration or resolution, but rather China speaking its mind about the matter.
“If there are ideas that are aligned with the idea of the respect of International Law, territorial integrity, and some security considerations, we need to put that to good use. We need to work on that with China, why not,” Zelensky added.
Allies tanks to support Ukraine war efforts
In the meantime, NATO members have reportedly pledged to send more ammunition in support of Ukraine’s war effort.
According to Reuters, Sweden announced plans to donate up to ten Leopard2 tanks and HAWK anti-aircraft systems to Ukraine, while Poland has already delivered four Leopard tanks to Kyiv and is prepared to deliver more soon.
Leopard 2 tanks are already in #Ukraine. Together with Prime Minister @MorawieckiM, we met the first tanks provided by partners. We are grateful to Poland 🇵🇱 for the decisive steps that bring 🇺🇦 closer to victory. We are waiting for the expansion of the tank coalition. pic.twitter.com/Brs2iuNelt
— Denys Shmyhal (@Denys_Shmyhal) February 24, 2023
The US, the UK, and Germany are also sending tanks, and Germany is allowing other Western countries to send German-made tanks from their fleets, the BBC reported this week.
However, no NATO country has yet agreed to requests from Ukraine to send fighter jets.
Greece reiterates support for Ukraine
The Greek Foreign Affairs ministry held a symbolic ceremony on Friday evening, in the presence of Ukrainian Ambassador Sergii Shutenko, to mark one year since the start of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and to reiterate the support of Greece for the Ukrainian people.
The exterior of the ministry building was lighted in the colors of the Ukrainian flag and guests observed a minute of silence for war victims, which was followed by the national anthems of Greece and Ukraine.
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias called for an end to the war, which he called “a threat to global peace and stability.”
“Exactly a year ago, the world witnessed something we believed would never happen again in the European continent – Russia initiated a full-scale, unjustified invasion of Ukraine,” Dendias said, according to AMNA.
For us, Greeks, there was no dilemma. We unequivocally condemned the invasion. 🇬🇷 is against revisionism & opposes any attempt to change the border of any sovereign country (statement at the ceremony on the one – year anniversary of the Russian invasion in #Ukraine). pic.twitter.com/0B4MheiBLW
— Nikos Dendias (@NikosDendias) February 25, 2023
“We continue to support the immediate and unconditional end of warfare and aggressive actions against Ukraine and its people, including the Greek minority in the country,” the Greek Foreign Minister added, calling for a resolution that is based on International Law and the United Nations Charter.