Chinese, Russian Presidents Express “Grave Concern” Over the Political Crisis in Ukraine

Shanghai, May 20 (QNA) – China and Russia expressed “grave concern” over the political crisis in Ukraine in a joint statement signed here on Tuesday.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the joint statement after holding talks earlier in the day, reported China’s Xinhua news agency today.

According to the statement, the two sides urge all parties concerned to exercise restraint, avoid escalating the conflict and seek a peaceful and political settlement for the current problems.

The statement calls on all local and sociopolitical groups in Ukraine to participate in a comprehensive national dialogue, and jointly develop a concept for the future constitutional development of the country, in an effort to fully protect the citizens’ basic rights and freedom.

The two leaders started talks here earlier today focussing on ways to support bilateral cooperation, especially in the field of gas, and regional and international issues of common interest.

The Russian president arrived in Shanghai earlier Tuesday to start his state visit to China and attend the fourth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia, according to (Xinhua) news agency.

This is Putin’s first visit to China since Xi took office and the second meeting between the two presidents this year. (QNA)

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