The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov he explained today Friday that he sees “serious obstacles” in seeking a peaceful resolution in Ukraine, blaming Kiev and the West, welcoming Chinese envoy Li Hui to Moscow.

During their meeting, “the Russian Foreign Minister confirmed Moscow’s commitment to a political-diplomatic resolution of the conflict, underlining the serious obstacles that Ukraine and its Western supporters are creating for the resumption of peace talks,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement .

“Sergei Lavrov expressed his gratitude to China for its balanced position towards the Ukrainian crisis and expressed great appreciation for Beijing’s willingness to play a positive role in the settlement of the Ukrainian crisis,” the statement added.

Li Hui, China’s special envoy for Eurasian Affairs, who previously served as China’s ambassador to Moscow, has been touring European countries for a week. According to Beijing, the Chinese envoy is mandated to discuss a “political settlement” of the Ukraine-Russia war during his tour. He visited Kiev, went to Poland and traveled to France and Germany.

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Kyiv does not accept territorial concessions

During his visit to Kyiv, Hui held talks with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. During their discussion, the head of Ukrainian diplomacy insisted on “respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine”.

Russia and China maintain close relations that have strengthened economically and diplomatically since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022 and the rain of Western sanctions hitting the Russian economy.

Beijing has never publicly condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Moscow in March, lending strong support to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.