Zelenskyy confirms no pressure on Ukraine for Russia talks ahead of peace summit

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, May 9, 2024
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, May 9, 2024

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated that Ukraine's global partners are not pressuring the country to negotiate with Russia, despite a prevailing sense of peace, according to a report by Interfax-Ukraine on May 17.

During his interaction with journalists, Zelenskyy emphasized the importance of resilience and strength in the current climate.

"We just have to be very resilient and strong. And today we have chosen the right platform where we have the initiative - the Global Peace Summit," he noted.

Zelenskyy previously mentioned that he hopes the summit will produce a comprehensive joint communiqué addressing various critical issues, including energy, nuclear matters, humanitarian concerns, and shipping.

He also revealed on May 3 that the summit might discuss a potential "all-for-all" prisoner-of-war exchange between Ukraine and Russia.

Global Peace Summit in Switzerland

The first Global Peace Summit will take place on June 15-16 in the Swiss resort city of Bürgenstock, near Lucerne.

Up to 100 countries are expected to participate in the summit, Bloomberg reported.

The event aims to "create a common understanding" of how to achieve "comprehensive, fair, and strong peace for Ukraine in accordance with international law and the UN Charter," the Swiss government said.

U.S. President Joe Biden may participate in the summit, media reports suggest.

France is "closely cooperating" with countries seeking to establish conditions for peace based on international law and will participate in the Global Peace Summit, French President Emmanuel Macron said on April 12.

On May 1, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that Russia had not been invited to June Global Peace Summit due to doubts over its commitment to genuine peace efforts.

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