The Chinese and Russian Foreign Minsters have held phone calls on Monday to discuss the ongoing war in Ukraine.
China attended the summit in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, but Moscow was not invited and Beijing has agreed to hold a third summit soon.
In a statement from Beijing, the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Russia’s Sergei Lavrov that China would be an “objective and rational voice” at any forums over Ukraine, and they will “actively promote peace talks.”
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The Ukrainian president’s chief of staff said that talks about the Ukraine war in Saudi Arabia during the Jeddah summit has dealt a “huge blow” to Russia.
Andriy Yermak told a briefing in Kyiv, “We are slated for another meeting within the next month or month-and-a-half, with a progression towards convening a summit.”
During the summit in Jeddah, which came to a close on Sunday China has said that they do not back “Russia’s aggression” and that Beijing is “on the side of peace” which is a huge hammer blow for Vladimir Putin.
According to an expert in international relations, China’s attendance at the Jeddah summit actual reveals Beijing are not backing Russia.
Samuel Ramani, associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, told Sky News, “This is China trying to show that it’s not backing Russia‘s aggression but is on the side of peace.”
The talks in Saudi Arabia ended on Sunday without any set plans for any next steps, but those countries which did attend the Jeddah summit shows there is “common ground that will pave the way for peace.”
Ukrainian officials said that talks in Jeddah were “productive,” but Russia said it is “doomed.”