EU-China relations will suffer if Beijing does not nudge Moscow towards peace, Borrell says

Borrell believes Beijing should put pressure on Moscow
Borrell believes Beijing should put pressure on Moscow

“EU-China relations will not develop normally if China does not compel Russia to leave Ukraine,” Borrell said at a press conference on May 12.

“We call on China, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, to influence Russia to stop this war and play a constructive role in achieving a just peace in Ukraine.”

Read also: EU’s top diplomat accepts only Zelenskyy’s ‘peace formula,’ rejects China’s ‘position paper’

On April 26, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had his first conversation with Chinese leader Xi Jinping since the start of Russia's full-scale invasion.

According to Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ spokesperson Hua Chunying, Ukraine requested the conversation. China plans to send a government envoy to deepen communication around the political settlement of the Russian war, which Beijing refers to as the “Ukrainian crisis.”

Read also: China distances itself from recognizing Russia as aggressor in UN resolution

On Feb. 24, China published a document outlining its position on the "settlement" of Russia's war against Ukraine, including a call for a ceasefire and negotiations, but not a withdrawal of Russian troops.

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