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Xi calls on world powers to help Russia, Ukraine ‘resume direct dialogue’

AFP | Beijing

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Chinese President Xi Jinping told Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban yesterday that world powers should help Russia and Ukraine restart direct negotiations during a visit to Beijing branded a “peace mission” by the European leader.

Orban’s trip to China comes a day before NATO is due to hold a summit to mark its 75th anniversary, with setbacks in Ukraine expected to dominate discussions, and follows surprise visits by the Hungarian premier to Russia and Ukraine in the past week.

Orban’s trip to Moscow sparked criticism from the European Union, which said it threatened to undermine the bloc’s stance on the conflict, while Kyiv’s foreign ministry said the visit was made “without any agreement or coordination with Ukraine”.

China has refused to condemn Russia’s invasion of its neighbour and last year released a paper calling for a “political settlement” to the conflict, which Western countries said could enable Russia to retain much of the territory it has seized in Ukraine.

Chinese state broadcaster CCTV quoted Xi as saying the “international community should create conditions and provide assistance for the two sides to resume direct dialogue and negotiations”.

“Only when all major powers exert positive energy rather than negative energy can the dawn of a ceasefire in this conflict appear as soon as possible,” Xi told Orban, according to CCTV.

CCTV said in a readout: “Xi Jinping stressed that it is in the interests of all parties to cease fire and seek a political solution as soon as possible.”

“The current focus is to abide by the three principles of ‘no spillover of the battlefield, no escalation of the war, and no fuelling of the flames by all parties’ to cool down the situation as soon as possible,” it added.

Following the talks, Orban wrote on social media platform X that China was “a key power in creating the conditions for peace” in the Russia-Ukraine war.