Spain’s PM Sanchez urges Xi Jinping to communicate with Zelenskyy amid war in Ukraine

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Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has encouraged Chinese President Xi Jinping To consider Ukraine’s proposal to end the Russian invasion of her country.

Sanchez told a news conference in Beijing on Friday that he had told Xi that Spain supported him Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky Proposals to end the war. Recent demands have included a demand for Russia to return Ukrainian lands captured during and after the annexation of Crimea in 2014.

“I think it is a plan that lays the foundations for lasting peace in Ukraine and is completely in line with the United Nations Charter and its principles, which (Russian President Vladimir) Putin violated with his invasion,” Sanchez said.

“I have conveyed our concerns about illegal invasion of Ukraine The prime minister added, saying he had encouraged Xi to speak with Zelensky privately.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping meets with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in Bali, Indonesia, November 15, 2022.

Chinese President Xi Jinping meets with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in Bali, Indonesia, November 15, 2022.

Sanchez’s comments come after Beijing issued its view on an ideal political solution to the war in Ukraine. However, China’s position paper did not acknowledge that Russia was the aggressor.

Sanchez praised China’s paper’s respect for territorial integrity and its “total and unequivocal rejection of not only the use of nuclear weapons, but even the threat of their use.”

Xi recently expressed his desire to end the “Cold War mentality” in geopolitics and “extreme” sanctions, but he did not call out Russia.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, March 21.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, March 21. (Photo by Mikhail Tereshchenko/Sputnik/Kremlin Pool)

“We hope all relevant parties can build a balanced, effective and sustainable European security architecture through dialogue and consultation,” Xi said, according to CCTV.

Last week, Biden said economic ties between Russia and China are “greatly exaggerated.”[d]In response to Xi and Putin meeting in March to discuss their economic partnership.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses a media conference after the EU-Ukraine Summit in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, February 3, 2023.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses a media conference after the EU-Ukraine Summit in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, February 3, 2023. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

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“We hope that the strategic partnership between China and Russia will, on the one hand, promote international fairness and justice, and on the other hand, promote the common prosperity and development of our two countries,” Xi said during a joint press conference.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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