German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier urged Chinese President Xi Jinping in a phone call on Tuesday to use his influence on Russian President Vladimir Putin to end the war against Ukraine, according to a German government news release.
Steinmeier underlined the “common interest of China and Europe in an end to the war," with the prerequisite that Russian troops withdraw. Steinmeier “asked Xi to use his influence on Russia and to influence Putin in this sense," according to the news release.
Steinmeier also thanked President Xi "for the clear rejection of nuclear threats by Russia."
During the one-hour conversation, the German president reiterated Germany's determination to continue supporting Ukraine. He said Europe would not back down from Russian threats and had taken precautions against the energy crisis.
Ukraine's defensibility and Europe's cohesion had been strengthened by Russian aggression, Steinmeier added, telling the Chinese president that "Putin had fundamentally miscalculated."
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