Ukraine considers inviting Russia to peace summit

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KYIV (Reuters) – Ukraine and its foreign partners could invite Russia to the next peace summit to discuss ending the two-year war, a senior Ukrainian official said on Sunday.

Switzerland plans to organize a high-level conference on peace in Ukraine by the summer to discuss Volodimir Zelensky’s plan, which could be presented to Russia in a second meeting at a later date, Andriy Yermak said , chief of staff of the Ukrainian president.

“It is possible that we invite together representatives of the Russian Federation and present the plan to them in case whoever represents the aggressor country at that moment really wants to end this war and return to a just peace” , he said during a televised press conference in Kyiv.

Volodimir Zelensky presented his ten-point peace plan for the first time at a G20 summit in November 2022. It includes the restoration of the territorial integrity of Ukraine and the total withdrawal of Russian troops.

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Ukraine maintains that it would not talk with Russia until all of Moscow’s troops had left its territory.

The Kremlin has called the peace plan absurd because it excludes territories annexed by Russia.

(Reporting Olena Harmash and Dan Peleschuk; French version Kate Entringer)


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