Moscow (IP) - Chinese President, who is due to arrive in Moscow later on Monday for talks, has called for a “rational way” out of the Ukraine crisis but has acknowledged it will not be easy to reach a solution.

Iran PressEurope: Writing in the Russian newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta, a daily published by the Russian government, Xi Jinping said discussions could be based on China’s 12-point proposal for a political settlement published last month.

“The document serves as a constructive factor in neutralising the consequences of the crisis and promoting a political settlement,” Xi wrote, according to a Reuters translation of the article. “Complex problems do not have simple solutions.”

Xi added that the paper reflected “as much as possible” the views of the global community.

Xi’s visit to Moscow is his first since Vladimir Putin sent Russian troops into Ukraine in February 2022, with Beijing casting itself as a neutral party even after it reaffirmed its close ties with its northern neighbor. The Chinese president will be the first world leader to meet Putin since the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant against him last week.

The Chinese and Russian presidents met shortly before Putin sent his troops into Ukraine, committing themselves to a “no limits” partnership. It is not clear whether Xi was aware of Russia’s plan to invade Ukraine, a close trading partner of Beijing.


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