French President Emmanuel Macron during a visit to China and a meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. photo. PAP/EPA. Emmanuel Macron went to the Middle Kingdom as an “advocate of peace”, hoping for support from the Chinese authorities. “Russia’s aggression against Ukraine has dealt a blow to international stability. I know I can count on you to talk sense into Russia and bring everyone back to the negotiating table, said the French leader during a meeting with Xi Jinping. their mission to promote an end to the conflict in Ukraine. Zelensky usually uses his daily speeches to the nation to comment on all war-related news, but in yesterday’s (April 6) speech, the Ukrainian leader never once mentioned talks between Emmanuel Macron and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen with Xi Jinping on restoring peace in Ukraine. On the other hand, Zelensky spent a lot of time discussing the importance of his visit to Poland on Wednesday and his gratitude for the help our country offered Ukraine during the conflict, as well as mentioning other meetings and activities in recent days. resilience, mainly the resilience of warriors, is the number one issue in all negotiations and meetings,” Zelensky said in a speech broadcast on Thursday evening, adding: “Defense is weapons for Ukraine, ammunition for Ukraine, new defense systems for Ukraine.” Zelensky repeated the same the message in a follow-up message posted on Twitter, in which he added: “Glory to our warriors!” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Emmanuel Macron asked Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Beijing for greater commitment to peace efforts in Ukraine, emphasizing to defend the country’s sovereignty. For his part, Xi noted that “China stands for peace,” but limited himself to saying that he and France called on “the international community to be reasonable and avoid actions that deepen the crisis.” Hours later, Xi received European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, and later held a tripartite meeting with the president and Macron. Xi admitted that “the crisis is prolonged” and that it was “difficult to solve” and again called for “calm and rationality” and peace talks. According to commentators, there is no mention of Macron’s visit and von der Leyen in Beijing is a clear signal to the world that Ukraine does not intend to lay down arms or enter into talks with a terrorist state. Zelensky has repeatedly stressed that Ukraine’s goal is to defeat the aggressor and that any talks will only be possible after the occupier has been pushed out of the country. For Ukrainians, starting negotiations with the Kremlin earlier means capitulation. Some even believe that Macron’s visit is acting behind Ukraine’s back, and yet during this senseless conflict, the principle of “nothing about us without us” was repeatedly emphasized, expressing the need to take into account Ukraine’s position in any negotiations regarding the ongoing war.
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