Lavrov regrets the “serious obstacles to peace created by Ukraine” with the Chinese envoy – RT in French
The head of Russian diplomacy Sergei Lavrov said he saw “serious obstacles” in the search for a peaceful solution in Ukraine, while receiving the Chinese envoy Li Hui in Moscow.
Sergei Lavrov hosted Li Hui, China’s special envoy for Ukraine in Moscow on May 26, 2023. During their meeting, the Russian Foreign Minister reaffirmed “Moscow’s commitment to a political resolution”. -diplomatic of the conflict, noting the serious obstacles created by Ukraine and its Western supporters to the resumption of peace talks”, indicated Russian diplomacy in a press release.
Li Hui, a former Chinese ambassador to Moscow, was sent by Beijing to discuss a political settlement of the conflict in Ukraine. He has been touring Europe for a week.
During his visit to kyiv earlier in May, Li Hui had talks with the head of Ukrainian diplomacy Dmytro Kouleba. The latter then insisted on “respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine”.
Lavrov hails Beijing’s ‘balanced stance’
In Berlin, the German government asked Hui to “pressure” Russia to withdraw its troops from Ukraine.
Russia and China maintain close relations which have been strengthened economically and diplomatically since the outbreak of the Russian offensive in Ukraine on February 24, 2022 and the rain of Western sanctions which hit the Russian economy.
“Sergei Lavrov expressed his gratitude to China for its balanced stance on the Ukrainian crisis and expressed his high appreciation for Beijing’s willingness to play a positive role in its settlement,” she added.
Beijing has never publicly condemned the Russian offensive and Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Moscow in March where he gave strong support to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.