Zelensky: You promised me that China will not give weapons to Russia

Volodymyr Zelensky / Photo EPA-EFE/ETTORE FERRARI

Chinese President Xi Jinping told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a telephone conversation that China will not sell weapons to Russia, Zelensky said today. Zelensky spoke at a joint press conference with US President Joe Biden at the G7 summit in Italy.

He did not specify when the conversation with Xi took place. The last publicly known phone conversation between Zelensky and Xi was in April 2023, the only such call since the beginning of the Russian invasion. "I had a solid conversation with the leader of China. He said he would not sell any weapons to Russia. We will see if he is a person worthy of respect," Zelenski said in English.

Biden chimed in as Zelensky finished his speech, saying, "By the way, China is not supplying weapons, but the ability to produce those weapons and the technology available to do so, so it's actually helping Russia." Zelensky said that if Kiev and China have the same views on peace, there can be a dialogue between them and that if Beijing has an alternative view, it can prepare an alternative "peace formula".

The Ukrainian leader has promoted his vision for peace in Ukraine, which he calls his "peace formula". This weekend, Switzerland is supposed to host international delegations from dozens of countries and organizations at a summit that will try to bring peace to Ukraine closer.

At the end of last month, China announced that it will not participate in the peace conference on Ukraine organized by Switzerland.

About 40 heads of state and government, along with delegations from 90 countries and organizations, are expected to attend this weekend's summit in the Burgenstock resort on Lake Lucerne. Russia was not invited and dismissed the event as Western propaganda.

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