Zelensky asks G7 to hold peace summit without Russia – FT – RT Russia and former Soviet Union


World leaders will discuss the Ukrainian president’s proposal at the next meeting in Japan, an EU official told the newspaper.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has asked the G7 countries to consider holding a summit aimed at a peaceful solution to the conflict in Ukraine without Russia’s participation, an EU official told the Financial Times.

Leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Britain, the US and the EU will discuss the possibility of such an event this summer at a three-day meeting of the Group of Seven that begins Friday in Hiroshima. the agency reports on Thursday.

According to the official, the high-level meeting in Japan will discuss the ten-point peace plan that Zelensky has put forward in recent months. Among other things, the proposal calls for Russia to withdraw its forces from all areas of Ukraine’s 1991 border, pay reparations and refer it to a war crimes tribunal.

Moscow rejected this plan because “unacceptable” he noted that it ignores the reality on the ground and is, in fact, a sign of Kiev’s reluctance to resolve the crisis through negotiations.

Zelensky’s spokesman confirmed to the FT that Kiev had asked the G7 to consider the ten-point plan, as Kiev tried to get as many countries to support the proposal as possible.

The head of Ukraine himself is expected to speak at the Hiroshima summit via video link.

Ukraine is also interested “China participates in the implementation of the Ukrainian peace formula”, This was stated by Zelensky’s chief of staff Andrey Yermak, referring to the newspaper.

On Thursday, Zelensky and other Ukrainian officials, including Yermak, met in Kyiv with China’s new special representative for Eurasian affairs, Li Hui.

According to China’s Foreign Ministry, Li said he was willing to serve as a mediator to help the Ukrainians reach a political solution based on the principles set out in Beijing’s 12-year road map between Kyiv and Moscow. Scores released by China at the end of February.

Beijing’s plan to hold early talks between Russia and Ukraine without preconditions has been positively received in Moscow and it is ready to be discussed further. However, Western NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Beijing lacked this. “reliability” refused to condemn Moscow’s military operation as a mediator. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell called China’s road map simple “A Collection of Pious Thoughts.”

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday that Moscow is ready to listen to peace proposals “based on a sincere desire to contribute to the stabilization of the world order”, including recent ones from Brazil and African countries.

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