5:45 a.m. ET, September 17, 2023
Pope’s peace envoy returns from Ukraine talks in China
Pope Francis’ Ukraine peace envoy Cardinal Matteo Zuppi returned from a three-day trip to Beijing on Friday, calling on all sides to participate in negotiations that could bring Russia’s war to an end.
When it comes to pursuing peace diplomatically, Zuppi said, the “ball is not only in Ukraine’s court.”
“Everyone must play,” the peace envoy said, according to the Vatican News service. “Ukraine has already engaged and presented its proposals. In reality, everyone must participate in the pursuit of peace.”
Earlier in June, Zuppi also traveled to Kyiv to meet with Ukrainian officials.
The peace envoy said efforts to seek a diplomatic solution to the war in Ukraine have received “considerable attention from the Chinese government.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has long expressed concerns about negotiating with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and pointed to his past record of reneging on agreements.
CNN’s Nectar Gan and Simone McCarthy contributed reporting to this post.
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