Diplomatic consultations held between Ukraine and China ahead of Peace Summit

Andrii Sybiha and Sun Weidong
Andrii Sybiha and Sun Weidong

Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrii Sybiha met with his Chinese counterpart, Sun Weidong, for political consultations on June 5, Ukriane’s Foreign Ministry reported.

Kyiv urged the Chinese delegation to attend the upcoming Global Peace Summit in Switzerland.

The parties outlined joint steps to intensify high-level and top-level contacts, develop bilateral trade and economic cooperation, and deepen engagement within international organizations.

“Both parties emphasized the importance of adhering to the principles of the UN Charter and international law,” the ministry’s press service said.

“Mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity is the foundation on which Ukraine-China bilateral relations are built.”

Sybiha briefed the Chinese official on the situation in Ukraine and the preparations for the Global Peace Summit in Switzerland.

"The Ukrainian side expressed hope that China's participation in the event could be a good opportunity to make a practical contribution to achieving a just and lasting peace in Ukraine," the message added.

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Earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated that China is trying to dissuade some countries from participating in the summit.

The Global Peace Summit will be held on June 15-16 near Lucerne, Switzerland. As of June 3, 107 countries had confirmed their participation, according to the Office of the President.

Russia will not be present at the event. Head of the President’s Office Andriy Yermak said that Russia might be involved in the peace process at a later stage. Meanwhile, the Swiss Foreign Ministry stated that a genuine peace process in Ukraine is "unthinkable" without Russia.

The summit is expected to be attended by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian PM Giorgia Meloni, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, and other European leaders.

Instead of U.S. President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris will attend the event.

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