Media: India to join peace negotiations in Saudi Arabia without Russia
India will join a peace summit on Ukraine hosted by Saudi Arabia and excluding Russia. The talks will take place on 5 and 6 August and will discuss the implantation of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's peace formula.
Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi confirmed his country's participation in the summit in Saudi Arabia. This was reported by The Guardian.
At a press conference on 3 August, Arindam Bagchi said:
"India will participate in this event. Our participation is in line with our long-standing position that dialogue and diplomacy are the way forward."
However, he did not disclose any other details.
It is worth noting that the day before, Russian propaganda was spreading a fake that India would not participate in the summit because Russia was not present.
The United States, the United Kingdom, South Africa, the Czech Republic, Poland and other EU countries have already confirmed their participation in the summit. White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan is expected to represent the United States.
China may also join the peace summit in Saudi Arabia, The Wall Street Journal reports. The newspaper noted that Beijing is changing its rhetoric and is likely to agree to consider the Ukrainian "peace formula".
Xi Jinping is expected to send his delegation to a meeting on peace in Ukraine to be held in Saudi Arabia.
Media reports say that at the meeting in Riyadh, Western countries are trying to enlist the support of major countries in Africa, Asia and South America, many of which are neutral, in the Russian war against Ukraine.
"It's important that countries around the world hear directly from Ukraine about the horrors that have happened to their country, about the attacks on civilians, about the attacks on schools, hospitals, apartment buildings, and civilian infrastructure, about how Russia has violated their territorial integrity, violated their sovereignty," said State Department spokesman Matthew Miller.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL:
Recently, it became known that Saudi Arabia is going to hold talks on its territory, which will be attended by Ukraine, Western countries and key developing countries, including India and Brazil. The purpose of the meeting is to strengthen international support for Ukraine's demands for peace.
The Czech Republic has confirmed that it has also received an invitation to attend the summit and will join it. Representatives of the aggressor country of Russia were not invited to the conference.
The head of the Presidential Office, Andriy Yermak, said on 30 July that the meeting would be timed to coincide with the implementation of Ukraine's initiatives to restore sustainable and just peace.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on 1 August that he was ready to join the meeting convened by Saudi Arabia on Ukraine only if Russia was invited.
The United States supported a peace summit without Russia in Saudi Arabia and stressed that Ukraine should play a leading role in any potential diplomatic solution to the war. The State Department said that representatives of the US government would attend the summit.