The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy~, earlier this week had a meeting with special envoy in Kyiv China confirmed. According to Wang Wenbin, a spokesman for the foreign ministry, the meeting took place when envoy Li Hui and the foreign minister and other government representatives of Ukraine were having negotiations. At the daily briefing, Wang warned the media that there was “no cure” to end the problem. “All parties should establish enabling circumstances and build trust among themselves for the political settlement.”
Zelenskyy and Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke on the phone before to the visit. Li and Dmytro Kuleba, the foreign minister of Ukraine, spoke for two days on “ways to stop Russian aggression,” according to a statement from the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry. Former Chinese ambassador to Moscow Li, whom Kuleba briefed, was informed “about the principles of restoring a stable and just peace based on respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.”
Kuleba reiterated his government’s position, according to the statement, that Ukraine would reject any proposal that involved the loss of its territories or the “freezing of the conflict.” The government of Xi has backed Moscow politically and economically despite declaring its neutrality and desire to act as a mediator in the 15-month crisis. In its efforts to counter American dominance of international affairs, China views Moscow as a military and diplomatic ally. Beijing has refrained from criticizing the invasion and has defended Russia diplomatically by virtue of being one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.
In February, Beijing unveiled a peace proposal, but Ukraine’s allies mainly rejected it and insisted that Russian President Vladimir Putin remove his troops. The tribunal established by Zelenskyy’s own 10-point peace plan will also try Russian war criminals. Li will also travel to Poland, France, and Germany, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, but it did not provide scheduling information. Political analysts don’t hold out much hope for a peace accord because neither Russia nor Ukraine are prepared to put an end to their hostilities. African nations are also launching a peace initiative in response to the conflict in Ukraine.
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