African "peace plan" for Ukraine may include withdrawal of Russian troops and revocation of Putin's arrest warrant - Reuters

African leaders to propose 'confidence-building measures' for Ukraine and Russia

A delegation of African leaders travelling to Ukraine and Russia is carrying a "peace plan". The document lists a number of measures proposed as part of the first stage of cooperation between the warring parties. Among them are the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine and the revocation of the Hague court's arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin.

Reuters writes about this, citing a draft framework document that the publication has seen.

Senegalese President Macky Sall and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa are leading the delegation, which includes the leaders of Zambia, the Comoros, and the Egyptian Prime Minister. The delegation will arrive in Kyiv on Friday, June 16, and in St Petersburg on Saturday, June 17.

They are expected to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Russian President Vladimir Putin and propose their framework document for a "peace plan".

The document states that the mission's goal is to "promote the importance of peace and encourage the parties to agree to a diplomatic negotiation process".

"The conflict, as well as the sanctions imposed on Russia by the main trading partners of the African continent, have had a negative impact on the economies and livelihoods of African countries," the statement said.

The document lists a number of measures that could include the withdrawal of Russian troops, the withdrawal of tactical nuclear weapons from Belarus, the suspension of the International Criminal Court's arrest warrant for Putin, and the easing of sanctions.

"The above measures should be aimed at facilitating the creation of an environment conducive to a ceasefire, which will allow the parties to build trust and consider formulating their strategies for restoring peace," the document says.

The document notes that an agreement on a cessation of hostilities can be reached, and this should be accompanied by negotiations between Russia and the West. According to the African leaders, these talks should address issues such as the deployment of intermediate-range weapons systems, tactical nuclear weapons and biological weapons systems.

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