Ukraine live briefing: Macron meets with Xi as he urges China to help end war

Ukraine live briefing: Macron meets with Xi as he urges China to help end war

French President Emmanuel Macron is meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing as European leaders try to shore up ties with China, a major trade partner for the continent, and to persuade Beijing to use its relationship with Moscow to help stop the war in Ukraine. Macron’s visit follows a meeting between Xi and Russian President Vladimir Putin last month in Moscow.

Sitting across from Xi, Macron said Russia’s war in Ukraine has ended decades of peace in Europe. “I know I can count on you to bring Russia back to reason and everyone back to the negotiating table,” he told the Chinese leader.

Here’s the latest on the war and its ripple effects across the globe.

Analysis from our correspondents

Russia’s Lefortovo prison is a relic of Soviet control that never left: Gershkovich is being held at Lefortovo prison in eastern Moscow, first built as a military penitentiary by czarist authorities in 1881. Today, it is used largely by the KGB’s successor, the Federal Security Service, or FSB, as a pretrial detention facility, Adam Taylor writes.

The prison is known for the isolation that it places on prisoners, Taylor reports. “The arrest of an accredited foreign journalist on seemingly far-fetched espionage charges is an echo of the Soviet Union’s Cold War tactics — and a move his employer and those who know him say is preposterous and politically motivated,” he writes.

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