Germany is asking China to use its “influence” to put pressure on Russia

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced on a visit to Beijing on Friday that he had asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to use his “influence” to push Russia to stop its “war of aggression” against Ukraine.

“I told the (Chinese) president that it is important for China to use its influence over Russia,” said Schulz, noting that “it is about the need to respect the principles of the UN Charter to which we all adhere, and their principles such as sovereignty and territorial integrity are also important for China “.

Schulz also asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to extend the agreement that allows the safe passage of grain shipments from Ukraine to avoid a hunger crisis.

He told reporters during his visit to Beijing: “I urge the Russian president not to refuse to extend the wheat agreement, which expires within a few days … Hunger should not be used as a weapon.”

In another context, the German Chancellor asked for “equal” commercial and economic relations based on the principle of “reciprocity” between his country and China.

“We do not support the separation” of economic relations with China, but “it is also clear to us that this is linked to equality of economic relations with reciprocity for the theme of mutual openness to investment”, he said before meeting the Chinese prime minister. Li Keqiang in Beijing.

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