Boris Johnson urges China to pressurise Russia over Ukraine invasion in phone call with Xi Jinping

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Boris urges China to let go of Russia over Ukraine invasion: Prime Minister tells Xi Jinping world must put pressure on Putin in 50-minute talk

  • Boris Johnson had a 50-minute ‘honest and candid’ conversation with China’s Xi Jinping
  • Prime Minister urged China to put pressure on Vladimir Putin to end war in Ukraine
  • NATO has called on Beijing to give sovereignty over its ties to the Kremlin regime

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Boris Johnson has urged China to put pressure on Vladimir Putin to end his war in Ukraine.

The prime minister called on Xi Jinping to use his influence over the Kremlin in an “honest and candid” 50-minute talk today.

It was the first time the leaders spoke since the crisis broke out. Beijing has tried to strike a delicate balance between the ties it has forged with Russia in recent years and the brutal Western sanctions.

The US was concerned that China could provide military equipment to help Putin’s forces cope with losses in Ukraine and economic punishment.

Speaking with Prime Minister Xi yesterday, Johnson reiterated the message from a NATO summit that Beijing must uphold international order and principles of sovereignty.

A Downing Street report of the conversation said: “The leaders discussed a range of issues of mutual concern, including the situation in Ukraine.

“It was a candid and candid conversation that lasted almost an hour. They agreed to speak again soon.’

A No10 spokesperson added: “It is clear that the Prime Minister has spoken with many world leaders and quite regularly in the course of what has happened in Ukraine.

Xi Jinping

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson (right) called on Xi Jinping (left) to use his influence over the Kremlin during a 50-minute talk today

Prime Minister urged China to put pressure on Vladimir Putin (pictured) to end his war in Ukraine

Prime Minister urged China to put pressure on Vladimir Putin (pictured) to end his war in Ukraine

Prime Minister urged China to put pressure on Vladimir Putin (pictured) to end his war in Ukraine

“This is part of the Prime Minister’s wider engagement with world leaders so that he can outline our position on where we think the current situation is.”

It is clear that Mr Johnson has set out the UK’s position on Ukraine and that pressure must be put on President Vladimir Putin to withdraw the troops.

The Prime Minister “renewed his condolences to the victims of the flight that crashed into China last week,” while Prime Minister Xi “expressed his best wishes” for the Queen’s jubilee.

Yesterday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called on Beijing to use its “significant influence” on Russia to push for an immediate peaceful solution to the crisis.

In a joint statement, alliance leaders, including Boris Johnson, called on China to “stop reinforcing the Kremlin’s false narratives” about the war and NATO.

“We call on all states, including the People’s Republic of China (PRC), to uphold international order, including the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity, as enshrined in the UN Charter, to support in any way Russia’s war effort, and refrain from any action that would help Russia circumvent sanctions,” they said.

British Commerce Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan has suggested that China could face sanctions if it supplied weapons to Russia, just as Belarus has been the target of economic measures.

A man flees with his belongings as fire engulfs a vehicle and building after artillery fire in Kharkov today

A man flees with his belongings as fire engulfs a vehicle and building after artillery fire in Kharkov today

A man flees with his belongings as fire engulfs a vehicle and building after artillery fire in Kharkov today

In discussions with Prime Minister Xi yesterday, Mr Johnson reiterated the message from a NATO summit (pictured) that Beijing must uphold international order and principles of sovereignty

In discussions with Prime Minister Xi yesterday, Mr Johnson reiterated the message from a NATO summit (pictured) that Beijing must uphold international order and principles of sovereignty

In discussions with Prime Minister Xi yesterday, Mr Johnson reiterated the message from a NATO summit (pictured) that Beijing must uphold international order and principles of sovereignty

“We sanctioned Belarus right next to Russia precisely because they basically said you can park your tanks on our lawn,” she told The Sun.

“That’s just not acceptable.

“Anyone who wants to support the scandalous and illegal invasion of a democratic nation should be aware of what they are doing and the repercussions that will have elsewhere.”

The prime minister’s official spokesman said yesterday that the UK would “continue to talk with the Chinese government and leadership at all levels to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as part of imposing the utmost pressure on Putin.”

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