China envoy in Kyiv says 'no panacea' to end Ukraine war


Published: 2023-05-18 12:54

Last Updated: 2023-06-01 23:10

China envoy in Kyiv says 'no panacea' to end Ukraine war
China envoy in Kyiv says 'no panacea' to end Ukraine war

China's special envoy Li Hui told Ukraine "there is no panacea to resolve the crisis" as he repeated calls for Kyiv and Moscow to engage in talks to end the war, Beijing said on Thursday, according to AFP.

China, a strategic ally of Russia, has refrained from condemning Moscow's military operation, and has instead sought to position itself as a neutral mediator that could help end the conflict.

Li visited Ukraine on Tuesday and Wednesday, where he held talks with Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and other officials.

Li is the highest-ranking Chinese official to visit Ukraine since Russia's February 2022 military operation.

"There is no panacea to resolve the crisis, and all parties need to start from themselves, build mutual trust and create conditions to stop the war and talk," said Li, China's special envoy for Eurasian affairs, according to a statement by Beijing's foreign ministry.

Li's visit to Kyiv was part of a European tour to promote Beijing's proposals to end the conflict.

Li added in his talks with Ukrainian officials including Kuleba that China would "continue to provide assistance to Ukraine within its capabilities."

Xi Jinping met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow in March.

In April, he spoke by phone for an hour with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Western allies of Ukraine have criticized Xi for refusing to condemn the military operation and for maintaining China's strategic alliance with Russia even as Moscow faces deepening international isolation.