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ukrinform | Peace Summit's agenda to include nuclear, food security, return of children, all-for-all POW swap, 21 May
"If we can bring these three points to a logical implementation, then we will be able to move on to the second part—complex points that can lead to the end of the war. No one says that Russia will agree tomorrow, but it is important that we maintain the initiative because they came against us with war," the president said.
TASS | Kiev to unveil reduced 'peace formula' ahead of Swiss conference (22.05.24)
The Kiev government had to cut the so-called peace formula, earlier put forward by Ukrainian president Vladimir Zelensk*, from ten points to three, fearing that the upcoming peace conference in Switzerland may end in failure, the country's Delovaya Stolitsa media outlet reported.
dsnews.ua | Swiss mathematics. Why Zelensky left three points out of ten in his formula for peace (22.05.24)
In an earlier interview to Reuters, Zelensk* said he planned to focus on food and nuclear security, as well as on humanitarian issues such as prisoner swaps, during the upcoming summit. The publication says Kiev's expectations of the event have become way less optimistic. Zelensk* was planning to discuss nothing but his own peace formula during the summit, but organizers decided that all participants should be given an opportunity to introduce changes into the final document. This was done to attract leaders of the Global South, whose absence will make the summit useless.
scmp | Joe Biden set to skip Ukraine peace summit for Hollywood fundraiser, 24 May
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Biden is scheduled to fly from the G7 meeting [13-15 June] in southern Italy to Los Angeles for the June 15 fundraiser. Along with Clooney and Roberts, former president Barack Obama and late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel are set to join him. ...Still, about 70 countries will take part in the summit at some level including major leaders such as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, while, Japanese Premier Fumio Kishida is likely to be there too.
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Diplomats organising the [15-16 June] conference winnowed down its ambitions to focus on a narrow set of goals, such as nuclear safety and prisoner exchanges, in a bid to broaden participation. Those points fall short of Ukraine's blueprint for peace, which calls for the withdrawal of Russian troops as well as future security guarantees.
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Lavrov has also reached out to ambassadors in Moscow with the same goal ["of deterring participation"], according to the memo, and a meeting of foreign ministers from the so-called BRICS countries and their allies on June 10-11 should seal that effort. Zelensk* on Thursday described Moscow's efforts to scupper the summit as "the key goal for Russian diplomacy and foreign intelligence for the nearest future."
by Cat on Sat May 25th, 2024 at 12:02:36 AM EST
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