According to a Chinese newspaper report, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is calling on the People's Republic to use its political and economic influence on Russia to end the war. “It is a very powerful state. China has a powerful economy... So it can influence Russia politically and economically. In addition, China is a permanent member of the UN Security Council,” Zelenskyy is quoted as saying by the South China Morning Post. He is looking for an opportunity to speak "directly" to Chinese leader Xi Jingping.
More than two-thirds of the US Senate approve Finland and Sweden's accession to NATO. Even before the end of voting, the required two-thirds majority was clearly exceeded. In the ongoing vote, 83 of the 100 senators are in favor of ratifying the accession documents of the two countries. The accession of Finland and Sweden in the wake of the Ukraine war is the most significant expansion of the 30-member alliance since the 1990s. Only after the ratification of all member states of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization are the two countries protected by the defense clause. This states that an attack on one ally is an attack on all.