Li Hui, a special representative of the Chinese government who was China’s ambassador to Russia for 10 years, visited Ukraine on 16-17 May.
Source: website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine
Details: The visit reportedly took place further to agreements reached during a telephone conversation between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Chinese President Xi Jinping on 26 April.
During the visit, Li met with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.
Quote: "The parties discussed topical issues of cooperation between Ukraine and China both at the bilateral level and within the framework of international organisations, as well as ways of putting an end to Russian aggression.
Kuleba gave China’s special representative detailed information on the principles of restoring a sustainable and just peace based on respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. He stressed that Ukraine does not accept any proposals that would entail loss of its territories or the freezing of the conflict.
The minister noted the importance of China's participation in the implementation of the Peace Formula proposed by the President of Ukraine, the Black Sea Grain Initiative, ensuring nuclear safety, and other important international efforts.
The parties separately discussed the long-term development of bilateral relations between Ukraine and China and agreed to increase dialogue on key issues on the bilateral and international agenda."
- On 26 April, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy had a telephone call with the leader of the Chinese Communist Party, Xi Jinping. It was the first conversation between the two leaders since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
- During the conversation, the leaders agreed that Li Hui would be sent to Ukraine and other countries, such as Russia, Poland, France and Germany, for talks on settling the "Ukrainian crisis" [the war - ed.].
- Li was China's ambassador to Russia from 2009 to 2019.