Russia welcomes China playing active role in Ukraine diplomacy

Russia said on Wednesday it welcomed China taking a more active role in efforts to resolve the conflict in Ukraine and said it valued China's "balanced approach" towards the issue.

Speaking shortly after China's top diplomat Wang Yi met President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wang's trip had shown Russia and China were of one mind on many global issues.

"We welcome China's readiness to play a positive role in resolving the Ukrainian crisis," Zakharova told a briefing.

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