Poland’s deputy foreign minister told China’s special envoy Li Hui on Friday that Warsaw disapproves of the growing relationship between Beijing and Moscow.
“Poland notes with concern Beijing’s statements regarding its continued desire to strengthen its bilateral relations with Russia, the aggressor state,” the Polish Foreign Ministry said, according to a reading of the meeting.
Deputy Minister Wojciech Gerwel also told the Chinese diplomat that “Any military aid, including the potential supply of arms from China to Russia, may have serious (sic) consequences for bilateral relations between Europe and China.”
Ambassador Li, in his capacity as Beijing’s special envoy for Eurasian affairs, is on a week-long tour of Europe to promote a political settlement of the Ukrainian crisis. He told Gerwel that China supports the 12-point roadmap for peace it unveiled in February. Li pleaded for a ceasefire and peace talks, and said the current situation in Ukraine is in no one’s interest.
According to the Polish Foreign Ministry, Gerwel insisted that it was unacceptable to “equalize status” of the aggressor and the victim, and that China must “to pressure Russia to return to respecting the principles of international law”.
Li was in kyiv on Thursday to meet Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky and Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba. The Chinese diplomat reiterated that Beijing is willing to serve as a peace broker to help reach a political resolution to the conflict.
The route of the Chinese emissary will then take him to France, followed by Germany and Russia. He will also visit the EU headquarters in Brussels, according to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin.
“China is ready to continue to promote peace talks and make its contribution to the political settlement of the Ukrainian crisis,” he added. Wang told reporters during the daily briefing in Beijing on Friday.
In March, Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. During his trip, Xi said the friendship between the countries is growing “day by day.”
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