Ukraine, allies to develop joint negotiating position for Russia at summit – Zelenskyy’s spokesman

Press Secretary of the President of Ukraine Sergii Nykyforov
Press Secretary of the President of Ukraine Sergii Nykyforov

The Global Peace Summit, which will take place in Switzerland on June 15-16, will develop a common negotiating position and convey it to the Kremlin, the spokesman for the President of Ukraine Serhii Nykyforov told DW.

This comes after the statement by the deputy head of Ukraine’s Defense Intelligence (HUR), Vadym Skibitskyi, about possible negotiations with Russia.

The summit in Switzerland will be the first step toward a just peace, according to Nykyforov.

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“Ukraine and Switzerland are organizing a peace summit where countries that respect international law and the UN Charter should develop a common negotiating position and relay it to Russia,” he said.

The Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs previously stated that the country has always been open to inviting Russia to this summit. However, Moscow is not interested in this.

“Switzerland is convinced that Russia should be involved in this process. It is unthinkable without Russia,” DW quoted the Foreign Ministry as saying.

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The Economist published an interview with Skibitskyi on May 2, who said that he sees no way for Ukraine to win the war on the battlefield alone and that if Ukraine could push Russian troops back to the borders, it would not end the war.

Currently, both sides are trying to take the “most favorable position” before potential negotiations, which may not begin until the second half of 2025, the HUR representative said.

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