China’s special envoy urges building of trust in two-day Ukraine visit


YEREVAN, MAY 18, ARTSAKHPRESS. A Chinese special envoy has stressed the need to build trust among all parties to the “Ukraine crisis” and create conditions for peace talks during a two-day visit to the country, Chinese state media reported citing a foreign ministry statement.

Li Hui, special representative of the Chinese government on Eurasian Affairs, met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and held separate talks with Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and other senior officials in Ukraine from Tuesday to Wednesday, CGTN reported citing a statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry released on Thursday.

“There is no panacea to resolve the crisis,” said Li.

He called on all parties to make their own due efforts to build up mutual trust and create conditions for “ceasing the hostilities” and securing peace talks, CGTN reported.

The Chinese envoy is now on a trip to five countries – Ukraine, Poland, France, Germany and Russia – in a bid to “engage with various parties on the political settlement of the Ukraine crisis”.

The trip comes about two weeks after a phone call between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Zelenskyy, in which the Chinese leader renewed Beijing’s commitment to standing on the side of peace.

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