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Putin says China's peace proposal could form basis for Ukraine talks

Putin alleged West so far has not shown any interest in peace talks

Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands as they exchange documents during a signing ceremony following their talks at The Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow | AP

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday a Chinese peace plan could provide a basis for a settlement of the fighting in Ukraine when the West is ready for it.

Speaking after talks with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, Putin charged that Ukraine's Western allies so far have shown no interest in that.

Reuters reported Putin accused West of fighting "to the last Ukrainian" after talks with Xi in the Kremlin. Putin said the talks reflected the growing trade, energy and political ties between China and Russia. Quoting Xi, Reuters reported that the Chinese President reiterated China's neutral position on Ukraine and called for dialogue."We believe that many of the provisions of the peace plan put forward by China are consonant with Russian approaches and can be taken as the basis for a peaceful settlement when they are ready for that in the West and in Kyiv. However, so far we see no such readiness from their side," Reuters quoted Putin saying.

Putin also said that Britain's plans to provide Ukraine with ammunition for battle tanks containing depleted uranium will force Russia to respond. Putin condemned Britain's move and said, “If the UK supplies ammunition with depleted uranium to Ukraine, Russia will be forced to react.”

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