During a meeting in Switzerland on Sunday, more than 80 countries discussed a formula for peace in… Ukraine Proposed by the Ukrainian President Volodymyr ZelenskyHowever, participants in the meeting acknowledged the difficulty of including Russia in the talks.
National security advisers from 83 countries participated in a fourth round of discussions based on a proposal presented by Zelensky that includes ten points to achieve a just and lasting peace in Ukraine, about two years after Russia launched its large-scale military attack on the country.
The discussion was co-moderated by the Director of the Office of the Ukrainian President, Andriy Yermak, and the Swiss Foreign Minister, Ignazio Cassis.
The talks took place in the resort of Davos in the east of the country, on the eve of the conference World Economic Forum Which lasts five days and brings together the world's political and economic elites.
Cassis announced – during a press conference – that “83 countries are in Davos to discuss peace and ways to achieve peace. Peace in Ukraine but also in other countries witnessing conflicts. Peace that the Ukrainian people desperately need.”
He added, “We have to find a way for Russia to join. There will be no peace without its opinion.”
He continued, “But this does not mean that we should wait for Russia to do something. Every minute, dozens of civilians are killed or injured in Ukraine. We do not have the right to wait forever.”
Cassis stressed the importance of the participation of Brazil, India and South Africa in the negotiations because of their presence alongside Russia within the BRICS group. He said, “Their participation is very important because they talk to Moscow and maintain a certain degree of trust with it.”
The Swiss official suggested that today's meeting would be the last at the level of national security advisors, pointing out that holding a meeting at a higher level should be considered.
The Davos talks focused in particular on adopting criteria to end hostilities, the withdrawal of Russian forces, achieving justice following the crimes committed, and preventing any new escalation.
Three meetings were previously held at the level of national security advisors, respectively, in Copenhagen in June 2023, in Jeddah in August, and in Malta last October.