Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said he has not received any offer to meet with Xi Jinping following the Chinese President’s visit to Moscow to hold talks with Vladimir Putin.
Speaking to Japanese newspaper The Yomiuri Shimbun Mr Zelensky said he “gave straight messages that I want to speak with the leader of China” via “diplomatic channels”, but has yet to receive a response from Beijing.
It comes after Mr Putin welcomed Mr Xi’s controversial proposals for peace in Ukraine earlier this week following a summit between the two leaders in Moscow.
In February China proposed a 12-point peace plan for ending the war between Ukraine and Russia, which called for a ceasefire and peace talks between the two countries.
Mr Putin has expressed his support for the proposals, but the West has warned that the plan would allow the Kremlin to keep its territorial gains in Ukraine.
The US has said it does not trust China to act as an impartial mediator between Moscow and Kyiv.
Mr Zelensky told The Yomiuri Shimbun he was sceptical about China’s plan and said “respect of sovereignty and territorial integrity” must come first.
“I did not get a proposal from China to mediate. I didn’t get the proposal to meet,” he added.
Mr Xi’s visit to Moscow came shortly after the one-year anniversary of the start of the conflict in Ukraine.
During the visit Mr Xi referred to Mr Putin as a “dear friend”.
Mr Putin has described the partnership between Russia and China as being of a “special nature” and based on “mutual trust”.
The two superpowers signed a “no limits” strategic partnership just a few weeks before Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine on 24 February last year and have continued to reiterate their close ties since.