Ukraine, Macron to Xi: “Convince Putin to return to the negotiating table”

This was announced by the Elysée, after the meeting on the sidelines of the G20 between the French and Chinese presidents. France and China: “No to the use of nuclear weapons”

Emmanuel Macron asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to intercede with Vladimir Putin to persuade him to return to the “negotiating table” on the war in Ukraine. This was announced by the Elysée, after the meeting on the sidelines of the G20 between the French president and Xi. Macron “asked China to help convey messages to President Putin to avoid an escalation and seriously return to the negotiating table,” said the French presidency, according to which it also urged the Chinese president to “join” their “forces ” against the war in Ukraine, stressing that the “stability” of the world is also in China’s “interest”.

It is appropriate “to join forces to respond to major international issues, such as climate change, to name one, but also to international crises such as the war launched by Russia in Ukraine, for which the G20 is an appropriate format,” Macron said at the opening of their bilateral.

“As two important powers in the multipolar world, China and France, China and Europe as a whole, they should maintain the spirit of independence, openness and cooperation, continue to advance bilateral relations on the right track, and instill stability and positive energy in the world “, the words of the Chinese president to the French president.

“The world must resolutely oppose attempts to politicize food and energy issues or use them as tools or weapons,” Chinese President Xi Jinping said later. “Food and energy security – he added – represents the most pressing challenge in global development: the original cause of the current crisis – he added – does not lie in supply or demand but in the interruption of supply chains and in international cooperation “.

“The way out of all this – he continued – consists in strengthening cooperation in the supervision and regulation of markets, with the coordination of the United Nations and other multilateral organizations, the creation of partnerships on goods, the development of a stable goods market , sustainable, open, cooperation in order to unblock supply chains and stabilize market prices”. Xi then called for unilateral sanctions to be lifted and restrictions on scientific and technological cooperation lifted.

FRANCE-CHINA: “NO TO THE USE OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS” – Emmanuel Macron and Xi Jinping therefore “reaffirmed their firm position on the prevention of the use of nuclear weapons”, reads the note from the Elysée, which underlines that Macron has expressed “deep concern about Russia’s decision to continue the war in Ukraine: the consequences of this conflict go beyond European borders and must be overcome through close coordination between France and China”.

“The two heads of state reaffirmed their commitment to respect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine and agreed on the urgency of the de-escalation – the Elysée continues -. President Xi supported the initiatives undertaken” by Macron to work for peace.

The discussion also focused on the consequences of the conflict for the rest of the world. “Macron stressed that the contribution of G20 members will be crucial to calm agricultural markets. In this regard, he referred to the efforts made by France and the European Union, including the export of Ukrainian grains by land and by river “, recalls the Elysee.

In the current context of crisis, the two presidents discussed the actions to be taken to support the financing of the most vulnerable economies and expressed their determination to make progress in the implementation of the common debt framework and raised the particularly urgent case of the Zambia.

On the bilateral front, they expressed their willingness to continue consolidating the strategic partnership between France and China, particularly in the aeronautical, civil nuclear and agri-food sectors, for a balanced and mutually beneficial relationship.

Finally, Macron and Xi discussed cooperation on global issues, in particular climate change and the protection of biodiversity: the president reiterated France’s support for China’s commitments to decarbonise the Chinese economy.