Chinese Special Representative for Eurasian Affairs Li Hui is visiting Europe
Li Hui addresses the media in Ukraine during his Europe tour. Pic/PTI
China’s Ukraine envoy called on other governments on Friday to “stop sending weapons to the battlefield” and appealed for peace talks at a time when Washington and its European allies are ramping up supplies of missiles and tanks to Ukrainian forces trying to recapture Russian-occupied territory.
Li Hui said Russian and Ukrainian officials were open to peace negotiations, but he gave no indication they were any closer to happening.
Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s government says it is neutral and wants to serve as a mediator but has supported Moscow politically. Foreign analysts saw little chance of progress from Li’s visits to the countries, because neither side is ready to stop fighting, but sending an envoy gave Beijing a opportunity to expand its global diplomatic role.
“China believes that if we really want to put an end to war, to save lives and realize peace, it is important for us to stop sending weapons to the battlefield, or else the tensions will only spiral up,”
Li told reporters.
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