Pacific country ignores Ukraine’s pleas – ambassador – RT Russia and the former Soviet Union
The Philippines should join Volodymyr Zelensky’s peace formula, says Kyiv representative
Ukraine’s ambassador to Manila, Denis Mykhailiuk, complained that he could not arrange a telephone conversation between Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky and the new president of the Philippines, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
The embassy requested high-level talks in June while Marcos was still president-elect. “But we haven’t heard back from the president’s office yet.” Mykhailiuk told reporters on Wednesday.
Since then, he has asked Manila authorities at least twice when Zelensky and Marcos could talk, the ambassador said.
A phone call to Kyiv is necessary to discuss bilateral relations and issues “participation or co-sponsorship” Zelensky’s peace formula with the Philippines, he explained.
The Ukrainian leader revealed his formula at the UN General Assembly session in September, saying that his plan was designed to punish aggression and restore territorial integrity. According to Zelensky, it can be used to resolve other conflicts not only between Russia and Ukraine. He later floated the idea of holding a UN-sponsored summit on the proposal.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov commented on the peace formula last month, saying that Moscow “I won’t talk to anyone like this” and it is Kiev’s belief that the West will help it achieve its goals in the conflict “illusion”.
Mykhailiuk said that Marcos, who replaced Rodrigo Duterte as president six months ago, had not yet spoken to Zelensky because of his busy schedule. “Forms the government and deals with the national agenda.”
The Philippine leader last commented on the conflict between Russia and Ukraine in late November, calling it a “unacceptable”. Marcos called on Moscow and Kiev, pointing out that conflicts between neighbors have affected the world’s food supply. “Move to diplomacy so that these aspects of the economy of Ukraine and Russia can become productive again.”
According to the President, “Everyone’s friend, nobody’s enemy” The Philippines is a formula to follow in international relations.
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