The discussion of the American and Chinese leaders focused on the war in Ukraine and bilateral relations.

On Friday, President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping had a telephone conversation that lasted about two hours. This was the first personal contact between the two leaders this year.

At the center of the discussion, according to the Associated Press and Reuters, was the war in Ukraine. Joe Biden called on Xi Jinping to refrain from providing any military or economic assistance to Russia because of the sanctions imposed against it.

The Kremlin denies reports that Russia has turned to China for help.

During the conversation, according to Reuters, Xi Jinping told Joe Biden that China would not like to see the continuation of the war in Ukraine. President Xi noted that the international situation has changed significantly since he and President Biden spoke face-to-face in November last year, and added that the previous global attitude towards peace and mutually beneficial development is now facing significant challenges, which is why there is no stability in the world.

Earlier, White House press Secretary Jen Psaki explained that such a conversation is “part of our ongoing efforts to maintain open lines of communication” between the United States and China.”

Psaki also said that Biden intends to ask Xi about Beijing’s “rhetorical support” for Putin and the “lack of condemnation” of Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine.

Today, the Chinese authorities again voiced their calls for negotiations and donations of humanitarian aid for Ukraine, accusing the United States of “provoking” Russia and “contributing to the conflict” by supplying weapons to Kyiv.

Earlier, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said in an interview with MSNBC that the Chinese leader should tell Vladimir Putin to “put an end to the bloody war” in Ukraine.

“China must stand on the right side of history. He must ensure that he will not undermine, either financially or in any other respect, the effect of the sanctions that have been imposed on Russia,” Sherman said.

Reuters refers to Chinese state media, which report that Xi told Biden that conflicts and confrontations like the events in Ukraine do not meet anyone’s interests.