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US, China hold high level talks on Ukraine crisis in Rome

Max Civili
Press TV, Rome

On Monday, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and China's top foreign policy officer Yang Jiechi met in Rome to hold talks over the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

The meeting took place behind closed doors and went on for seven hours. No information was given to the media about the outcome.

China has so far sought to portray itself as a neutral actor in the Ukraine crisis. However, Washington fears Beijing's willingness to take Russia's side following claims by a senior US official that Moscow has asked China for military assistance.

At the end of the meeting, a US senior administration official said Sullivan warned the Chinese top diplomat about the unity of the United States and its allies and partners in their efforts to stop Russia.

China has responded to the US saying reports that Russia has asked Beijing for military assistance for its Ukraine campaign are US disinformation.

Talks over the conflict in Ukraine were also held in the Italian capital between US officials and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi's diplomatic advisors. According to some Italian media, Rome has so far played a minor role in the EU's management of the Ukraine crisis.

Meanwhile, Italy's health ministry announced Monday that around 35,000 Ukrainian refugees have arrived in the country so far.

Most of them are women and children who have reached Italy through the border with Slovenia.

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