Switzerland agrees to host Ukraine peace summit following Zelenskiy’s request

At the request of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Switzerland on Monday, the 15th of January, agreed to host the World Ukraine Peace Summit. The neutral country, known as a mediator in conflicts, could contribute to efforts to find a solution to the ongoing war that started with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on the 24th of February 2022, reports Reuters.
The Swiss government confirmed the deal and said details of the summit were being worked out.
Although Ukrainian President Zelensky at a press conference in Bern did not specify the participants, he said that

all countries that respect Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are welcome.

He expressed that the countries of the Global South should be represented so that the whole world could show opposition to Russian aggression and support for a just peace.
Neither Zelenskiy nor his Swiss counterpart, Viola Amherd, have provided details on when and where the summit might take place in Switzerland. But they said their teams would start organising it on Tuesday.
Zelensky was in Switzerland where he was due to meet other world leaders, including Chinese Premier Li Qiang, at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Ukraine said on Sunday that it was very important to involve Beijing in the peace talks, while Zelensky said on Monday that China, one of Russia’s main allies, had an “important role” in the world and he wanted Beijing to take part in the peace formula and the summit.

President Zelensky’s peace formula,

which he presented at the G20 summit in November, includes, among other things, the restoration of territorial integrity, the withdrawal of Russian troops and a ceasefire, as well as the release of prisoners.
The Kremlin said on Monday that the talks in Davos on Ukraine’s peace proposals would not achieve anything because Russia was not taking part.
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