Key Summit to develop Ukraine peace proposal

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Key Summit to develop Ukraine peace proposal

Key Summit to develop Ukraine peace proposal

  • The final communique aims to blame Russia for the war’s widespread suffering and destruction.
  • Russia has not received an invitation, and China, its biggest supporter, is absent.
  • Saudi Arabia and Kenya, who have spoken out against recent sanctions on Russia, are among the attendees.

World leaders at the Ukraine Summit for Peace in Switzerland are exploring methods to ensure the security of nuclear sites and Ukraine’s food exports. They aim to adopt a final communique that squarely blames Russia for the widespread suffering and destruction caused by the war, which Kyiv would view as a success. However, Austria’s leader has indicated that the declaration is unlikely to receive unanimous support from all participants.

More than 90 countries and international organizations are participating in the summit, which aims to garner the broadest possible support for a process that could facilitate the end of the war in Ukraine. Russia has not received an invitation, and China, its biggest supporter, is absent, causing some to question the summit’s effectiveness.

Some attendees in the Swiss resort of Bürgenstock are not among Ukraine’s closest supporters. Saudi Arabia, whose foreign minister has cautioned that Ukraine will need to make difficult compromises, and Kenya, which has spoken out against recent sanctions on Russia, is among them.

According to the news agency, the draft final document calls for Ukraine to regain control over the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant and the country’s ports on the Azov Sea, which are currently occupied by Russia.

It also labels Russia’s actions as a “war,” a term Moscow has rejected. The summit is also discussing humanitarian issues such as the return of prisoners and abducted children. The most contentious topics, such as the status of land under Russian occupation, will be addressed later.

The summit organizers aim to announce a second conference, possibly in Saudi Arabia, to build upon their achievements. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte stated that attendees were united in their pursuit of peace in Ukraine.


“We all know we’re only at the beginning, the beginning of a path to peace,” he said.

“And despite some of us around this table having different opinions on how to exactly get to peace for Ukraine, let there be no mistake… we are united at a shared vision on principles, on values, on decency.

“You do not invade another country. You do not abduct children. You do not play politics with the world’s food supply. And you do not endanger nuclear safety.”

On Sunday, Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer informed journalists that not all delegations would endorse a final statement condemning Russia’s invasion, contrary to earlier expectations.

On Saturday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated that Ukraine would communicate the results of the Swiss summit to Moscow to facilitate the definitive conclusion of the war at a second peace summit. Russia has dismissed the Swiss event as a waste of time, and President Vladimir Putin announced on Friday that he would agree to a ceasefire if Ukraine withdrew troops from four regions that Russia partially occupies and claims to have annexed.

But a day later, Western leaders attending the summit strongly rejected Mr. Putin’s proposal.


Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni labeled it “propaganda,” and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak accused Mr. Putin of “spinning a phony narrative about his willingness to negotiate.”

On Sunday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated that the Russian leader did not dismiss talks with Ukraine but emphasized the need for guarantees to ensure their credibility, adding that Mr. Zelensky could not participate.

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