In a phone chat on Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin informed his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping that Russia is eager to engage high-level discussions with Ukraine, according to China’s foreign ministry.
Despite mounting Russian military attacks, China has refused to term Russia’s behavior in Ukraine a “invasion” or criticize Moscow.
According to a statement on the Chinese foreign ministry website, Putin reminded Xi that the US and NATO have long ignored Russia’s genuine security concerns, reneged on their agreements, and continued to increase military deployment eastward, putting Russia’s strategic bottom line at risk.
Putin was quoted as stating that Russia is prepared to hold high-level talks with Ukraine.
China has frequently urged a peaceful resolution to the conflict.