On Friday, the Chinese envoy for Eurasian affairs said that he sees many hurdles ahead of peace talks between Ukraine and Russia to end the war peacefully. While talking to journalists in Beijing following a visit to Russia and Ukraine, Li Hui said that he believed all parties support a political settlement of the combat.
There are many difficulties encountered by the various parties in sitting down and engaging in peace talks to end the war, he said. But those battling the war are not without points of agreement, Li added.
The two sides have not completely closed the door on peace talks.”
He also put the accountability for the battle on the West, which has sent weapons to Ukraine in a bid to help it in its battle against Russia.
If we want to stop the war, save lives, and achieve peace, we should stop sending weapons to the battlefield. The painful lessons of how the Ukraine crisis developed to its current state merit deep reflection by all parties.
In essence, the Ukraine crisis is the massive outbreak of contradictions in European security governance.”
Li last month visited a host of European capitals as China aims to play a negotiating part in Russia’s war in Ukraine. And on Friday he told Beijing could send another representative to the region. This was the first time, but it is not the last time, he said.
China claims to be a neutral party in the battle, but it has been criticized for denying to denounce Russia for its war against Ukraine, and its close association with Moscow.
In February, China released a paper calling for a “political settlement” to the conflict, which Western countries cautioned could enable Russia to hold much of the territory it has captured in Ukraine.
During a Russia Summit, China’s President Xi Jinping invited his Russian Counterpart President Vladimir Putin to visit Beijing and the two leaders stated that relations were entering a new era.
Critics say China has the upper hand in the relationship with Russia, and that its power is growing as Russia’s international separateness worsens.