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Peace Summit aims to make distant countries realize that war threatens them as well - diplomat

12 June, 2024 Wednesday
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Ukraine's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Andrii Veselovskyi believes that all participants should be involved in the peace process at the Summit in Switzerland

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He shared his opinion on Espreso TV on June 12.

Veselovskyi emphasized the importance of involving all stakeholders in the peace process. 

"The primary aim of this Peace Summit is to inform attendees, whether they came out of genuine interest or were 'given tickets,' about the reality of the situation," he explained. "By engaging these individuals, they can become active participants and gain insight from Ukraine and its allies. It's crucial for them to understand why the ongoing war poses a threat to everyone, regardless of their distance, size, or apparent disinterest."

Veselovskyi emphasized that allowing Russia to win would set a dangerous precedent for the world. So, the same can happen to other countries.

"Therefore, we aim to increase our 60 or 50 strong partnerships to 80 or 90 at this Summit," summarized Veselovskyi.

Peace Summit details 

On February 26, Switzerland announced plans to host a peace summit for Ukraine by summer. The Kremlin dismissed the idea of holding the event without Russia as "not serious and even ridiculous."

On March 18, the Chinese Ambassador to Switzerland stated that China might join the Peace Summit at Ukraine's request.

On May 2, the Swiss Foreign Ministry declared that Russia should participate in the summit, saying, "the peace process without Russia is unthinkable." However, Russia was not invited this year.

That same day, Ukrainian President Zelenskyy called the summit the first real chance to restore peace.

At the summit, Ukraine plans to form a joint negotiating position to present to Russia's top leadership, according to Serhiy Nykyforov, spokesman for the Ukrainian President.

On June 3, it was announced that 107 countries have confirmed their attendance at the Peace Summit in Switzerland on June 15-16.

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