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China indicates Putin is willing to negotiate with Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) look at birthday ice creams at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Dushanbe on June 15, 2019. (Alexei Druzhinin / Sputnik / AFP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) look at birthday ice creams at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Dushanbe on June 15, 2019. (Alexei Druzhinin / Sputnik / AFP)

Chinese state TV says Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, that Moscow is willing to negotiate with Ukraine, even as Moscow’s forces invade its neighbor.

The report follows a Kremlin announcement that Putin’s government is considering an offer by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to negotiate non-aligned NATO status for his country.

Putin says Moscow “is willing to conduct high-level negotiations with the Ukrainian side,” China Central Television reports on its website.

Xi says China “supports Russia and Ukraine resolving the problem through negotiations,” CCTV said.

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