No Ukraine crisis resolution without Moscow’s involvement

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Galuzin and China's special representative for Eurasian affairs, Li Hui

3rd March 2024 – (Moscow) Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Galuzin and China’s envoy for Eurasian matters, Li Hui, have declared discussions on resolving the Ukraine crisis untenable without Russia’s active participation, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced this Sunday.

During Li’s diplomatic sojourn across Europe—which seeks to foster a political solution to the protracted conflict, with scheduled stops in Poland, Ukraine, and Germany—the envoy held deliberations with Galuzin. The Russian ministry described the talks as an in-depth exchange on the Ukrainian situation, emphasising the indispensability of Russian involvement for any prospective political and diplomatic resolution.

The bilateral meeting indicates an alignment of Sino-Russian interests, with both parties concurring that a settlement cannot proceed without due consideration of Russia’s security interests. This joint stance arrives amid ongoing hostilities that began with Russia’s incursion into Ukraine in February 2022—a military action that Moscow frames as a “special operation” for regional “denazification.”