(Bloomberg) -- China’s top diplomat Wang Yi and Emmanuel Bonne, a diplomatic adviser to the French president, exchanged views on Russia’s war in Ukraine in a phone call, according to a statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry. 

The two envoys agreed to create conditions which might allow for a “political settlement,” the ministry said without elaborating. Beijing has ramped up efforts to negotiate an end to the war as part of a wider blueprint spearheaded by President Xi Jinping.

Russia and Ukraine reported widespread fighting along the front lines amid expectations a long-planned Ukrainian counteroffensive could be imminent. 

The Polish government has asked the UK for new air-defense support and technology to help it repel Russian missiles, drones and spy balloons, people familiar with the matter said. The request came after a series of suspected incursions into Polish air space in recent months and heightened concern in Warsaw about spillover from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. 

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