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Borrell: Peace Summit is not a platform for direct talks between Ukraine and Russia

Swiss summit will be the first step towards a just peace in Ukraine. Source: European Union

The Peace Summit in Switzerland is not a platform for direct negotiations between Ukraine and Russia. About 100 countries will take part in the event, and its goal is to develop common parameters for peace based on international law and the UN Charter.

This was stated by EU High Representative Josep Borrell in a blog post on the website of the European External Action Service. He confirmed that he would come to Switzerland and take part in the Peace Summit in person.

"The Peace Summit organized in Switzerland will bring together almost 100 countries from all parts of the world to discuss how to start the process of ending this war against Ukraine. The EU fully supports these efforts. No one wants peace more than the people of Ukraine, but a lasting peace can only be achieved if it is based on the key principles of the UN Charter," Borrell wrote.

At the same time, Josep Borrell noted that the Peace Summit will also focus on practical issues that also concern Russia: how to strengthen nuclear security, exchange prisoners of war and prisoners of war, and ensure the return to Ukraine of thousands of children abducted by Russia, which is reminiscent of the darkest pages of European history.

The summit participants will also focus on ensuring freedom of navigation and protecting port infrastructure in the Black Sea.

"The consequences of the war of aggression against Ukraine go far beyond its borders. A protracted or frozen conflict will only prolong instability and threaten global food security and economic stability. Progress in these areas could eventually open up opportunities for engagement with Russia in other areas," Borrell said.

He emphasized that the outcome of this war is existential not only for Ukraine but also for European security. A temporary ceasefire will only allow Moscow to maintain its repressive regime in the occupied territories, undermine international law, and facilitate further Russian territorial expansion.

"Yes, wars usually end with a peace agreement, but the content of this peace agreement is critical for European and global security, as well as for the rules-based international order. Let's turn the Peace Summit in Switzerland into a first step towards a just and UN Charter-based peace in Ukraine," Borrell called.

As reported by OBOZ.UA:

Earlier, the Office of the President of Ukraine reported that 107 countries and international organizations confirmed their participation in the Global Peace Summit. The Associated Press reported on June 10 that there would be about 90 participants. It is expected that this will be finalized by June 14.

Argentina's President Javier Milei changed his mind "almost at the last minute" and will go to Switzerland for the Peace Summit. He responded to a "special message" sent to him by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

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