French FM urges Beijing to send ‘clear signals to Russia’ and use influence to resolve conflict in Ukraine

Stéphane Sejourne
Stéphane Sejourne

Paris “expects China to send very clear signals to Russia" regarding the war in Ukraine, French Foreign Minister Stéphane Sejourne said during his visit to Beijing, the French newspaper Le Dauphine reported on Apr. 1.

"China obviously plays a key role in ensuring Ukraine's independence and respect for international law, including its sovereignty," he said.

The Western community has been regularly urging China to take a more active role in resolving the conflict by using its influence with Russia.

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Russia’s war against Ukraine is a concern for the entire international community, Sejourne said, adding that a lasting peace cannot be achieved without the consent of Ukrainians.

"There will be no security for Europeans if there is no peace in accordance with international law. That is why this is a very important issue for us, and that is why France intends to maintain a close dialogue with China."

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On March 18, the Chinese ambassador to Switzerland, Wang Shihting, said that Beijing was considering participating in the global peace summit this summer. He also noted that all parties "should support Russia and Ukraine in resuming direct dialogue as soon as possible to gradually de-escalate the situation.”

On March 20, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that dilateral contacts, including with China, were ongoing in anticipation of the precise date for the Global Peace Summit in Switzerland, which could play a key role in ending Russia's war against Ukraine.

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