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"We know": Kuleba explains why Ukraine does not invite Russia to the Global Peace Summit

Maryna LisnychukPolitics
Dmytro Kuleba

Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba reminded that Ukraine is not going to sit down at the negotiating table to find ways to end the war. According to him, there is no point in talking to an aggressor country that does not share our views on peace.

This is how he answered journalists' questions about why Kyiv does not invite Moscow to the Global Peace Summit. His words, among others, were quoted by Foreign Policy.

"We know that there is no point in bringing Russia to the negotiating table if you cannot get it to act in good faith. There are only two ways to bring Russia to a situation where it will act in good faith: the first is success on the battlefield, and the second is to create a coalition of countries that share the same principles and approaches," he said.

The Foreign Minister emphasized that the summit aims to unite countries that share Ukraine's vision of peace and are looking for approaches to build further actions on.

Since Russia never keeps its unfounded "promises" and always uses such platforms to blame Ukraine for its own war crimes, it will not be among the participants.

At the same time, Kuleba added that after the summit, such communication with Russia "may take place," and it has a chance to become part of the negotiations.

"In the end, you cannot end the war without both sides," he admitted.

The Global Peace Summit will be held in Switzerland on June 15-16, 2024. The platform will bring together leaders from about 80 countries to discuss ways to peacefully resolve the war and how to prevent future military conflicts in the world. Not only Russia, but also its ally Belarus was not invited.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Russia was trying to disrupt the Peace Summit. According to him, the aggressor has a specific plan aimed at reducing the number of participating countries and generally postponing the event.

As reported by OBOZ.UA, US State Department Secretary Atony Blinken earlier said that negotiations with Russia to end the war in Ukraine depend on Russian dictator Putin. However, he must prove his readiness to conduct a dialogue in accordance with international law and the UN Charter: sovereignty, territorial integrity, independence.

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