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Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Zelensky Offers Peace Talks with Russia, Conditions Include Withdrawal from Ukrainian Territory

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Ukraine is ready for peace talks immediately if Russia withdraws from all Ukrainian territory, President Volodymyr Zelensky said at a peace summit in Switzerland.

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The summit, which ended on June 16, saw dozens of countries reaffirm their support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity.

Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed the summit as a distraction and claimed it misrepresented the causes of the conflict.

China, a major ally of Russia, did not attend the summit, which impacted Ukraine’s goal of gaining broader support to isolate Russia.

Although 90 countries attended, they could not convince significant non-aligned nations to sign the final statement or volunteer to host another meeting.

However, the conference allowed Ukraine to demonstrate the strong backing it receives from Western allies.

Zelensky emphasized Ukraine’s commitment to defending itself and pursuing diplomacy.

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Volodymyr Zelenskyy
Volodymyr Zelenskyy
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He responded to Putin’s offer for a ceasefire and negotiations if Ukraine withdrew from regions annexed by Russia and abandoned its NATO aspirations. Zelensky rejected this, calling it an ultimatum to surrender more territory.

The summit featured leaders from countries including France, Germany, Britain, Japan, and the United States, with Vice President Kamala Harris representing the latter.

Nations like India, Mexico, and Saudi Arabia, represented by lower-level envoys, did not sign the final document, which focused on nuclear safety, food security, and prisoner exchanges. Turkey signed the document, while Brazil attended as an observer.

Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Union’s executive Commission, stated the summit’s title “Path to Peace” reflected the ongoing efforts required for peace, criticizing Putin for demanding Ukraine cede territory and disarm, terms no nation would accept.





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