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Russia won’t ever take part in Switzerland’s convention on Ukraine


Global South, Russian interests, Maria Zakharova, Russian Foreign Ministry
Picture: TASS

Responding to a query in regards to the upcoming convention in Switzerland on the settlement of the Ukrainian disaster, Russian Overseas Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova mentioned, “Russia won’t ever take part in Switzerland’s convention on Ukraine even when formally invited”.

Maria Zakharova was requested, “The data has appeared within the media {that a} high-level worldwide convention on peace in Ukraine is being ready in Switzerland, to which Russia is allegedly going to be invited. How does this discussion board correlate with the conferences on the Ukrainian ‘peace components’ in Copenhagen, Jeddah, Valletta and Davos? Will Russian representatives participate in it in the event that they obtain an invite?”

In response, she additionally defined why Russia shall not take part in Switzerland’s convention, stating:

Firstly, this discussion board will likely be devoted to the promotion of [Ukrainian President Vladimir] Zelensky’s ‘peace components’ of ultimatum, though its Swiss organizers fake that they’re searching for a typical denominator of peace initiatives of various nations. Let me remind you the that means of the ‘components’. Its authors took three ultimatums – the withdrawal of Russian troops to the 1991 borders, bringing Moscow to justice and forcing it to pay reparations – and added to them provisions on meals, nuclear security, vitality, atmosphere and humanitarian issues which might be enticing to the nations of the World South.

The conferences you talked about in Copenhagen, Jeddah, Valletta and Davos confirmed that this trick didn’t work. Now, so as to broaden the circle of supporters of Zelensky’s ‘components’, they’re attempting to saturate it with provisions from the peace initiatives of China, Brazil, and African nations. On the similar time, the three primary ultimatums stay in place, whereas the official Russian pursuits are ignored.

Thus, the upcoming convention is a mere continuation of the Copenhagen format conferences, which discredited themselves from the beginning and have now reached a stalemate.

Secondly, Switzerland can hardly function a venue for numerous peacemaking efforts, as this means a impartial standing, which Bern has misplaced. It has been taking an overtly pro-Ukrainian place, voting in favor of anti-Russian resolutions, contemplating the seizure of our frozen belongings, becoming a member of unlawful anti-Russian sanctions, and internet hosting conferences beneath the Zelensky components. Lastly, in January 2023 the Swiss international coverage technique noticed a brand new provision saying that the European safety system needs to be constructed not with Russia, however ‘in opposition to Russia’.

These actions are incompatible with mediation companies.

Thirdly, the expertise of the Minsk agreements and the Russian-Ukrainian negotiations in 2022 has proven the incapacity of Kyiv and the West to honor agreements. In all these instances, what they wanted was not peace, however a truce after the defeats of the Ukrainian armed forces so as to construct up Ukraine’s navy potential and proceed combating. Clearly, the identical factor is going on now.

All of this makes Russia’s participation within the aforementioned ‘peace convention’ pointless – irrespective of whether or not it’s held in a single, two or 5 phases. Its ultimatum substance, promoted by Kyiv and its masters, stays unchanged. We’re satisfied that our companions in Asia, Africa and Latin America perceive the true intentions of its organizers and won’t tolerate to be drawn into yet one more anti-Russian misfortune.

For its half, Russia stays open to talks on the peaceable settlement of the Ukrainian disaster. Nevertheless, any severe proposals for talks needs to be preceded by Zelensky’s revocation of his decree banning the potential for negotiations with Russia, a halt to arms provides to Ukraine and clear indicators of readiness to consider current realities and Russia’s official pursuits. A language of ultimatums in unacceptable for Russia.

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