According to the Wall Street Journal, Ukrainian presidential spokesman Andriy Yermak cited President Volodymyr Zelensky as saying that Zelensky plans to hold a phone call and an online meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in the near future.

Yermak tweeted, “Kyiv is hopeful Beijing will play a more prominent role in bringing this war to an end.”

Asked whether Zelensky will speak with Xi, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin only said at a regular press conference on March 23 that China is currently maintaining “smooth communication” with “relevant sides” on the situation in Ukraine.

On Tuesday, March 22, Andriy Yermak told a virtual briefing that he hoped the Ukrainian leader would speak with President Xi Jinping “very soon.”

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