Zelenskiy seeking 'direct talks' with China's Xi to help end Ukraine war- SCMP

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(Reuters) - Ukraine is seeking an opportunity to speak "directly" with Chinese leader Xi Jinping to help end its war with Russia, President Volodymyr Zelensky said, the South China Morning Post reported on Thursday.

In an interview with SCMP, the Ukrainian leader urged China to use its outsize political and economic influence over Russia to bring an end to the fighting.

"It's a very powerful state. It's a powerful economy … So (it) can politically, economically influence Russia. And China is [also a] permanent member of the UN Security Council," the report quoted Zelenskiy as saying.

(Reporting by Jahnavi Nidumolu in Bengaluru; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)