Switzerland agrees to host Ukraine Peace Summit on Zelenskiy's request
Switzerland confirmed on Monday that it would host a global peace summit on Ukraine, responding to a request from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
Known for its neutrality and previous roles in conflict mediation, Switzerland could facilitate a resolution to the war that began with Russia's invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022.
"The Swiss government has agreed to host a summit on Ukraine's peace formula, as requested by President Zelenskiy. We are currently finalizing the details," stated the Swiss government.
At a press conference in Bern with Swiss Defense Minister Viola Amherd, Zelenskiy remained vague about the summit's participants but expressed his preferences. "We welcome countries that respect our sovereignty and territorial integrity. This will guide our invitations," he explained. Zelenskiy emphasized the importance of global solidarity: "We want the Global South represented, to demonstrate worldwide opposition to Russia's aggression and support for a just peace."
However, neither Zelenskiy nor Amherd specified the date or location for the summit in Switzerland. Their teams are set to begin organizing the event starting Tuesday.
Zelenskiy, in Switzerland for the World Economic Forum in Davos, may meet various global leaders, including Chinese Premier Li Qiang. Ukraine has expressed the importance of involving China, a key Russian ally, in the peace talks.
On Monday, Zelenskiy highlighted China's significant global role and expressed his desire for Chinese involvement in the peace process. "We hope for China's participation in our peace formula and the summit, though not everything depends on our wishes," he said.
Zelenskiy first presented his peace proposal at the Group of 20 summit in November. His plan includes restoring Ukraine's territorial integrity, withdrawing Russian troops, ending hostilities, and releasing all prisoners and detainees.
Meanwhile, the Kremlin dismissed the discussions in Davos regarding Ukraine's peace proposals, stating that no substantial outcomes could be expected without Russia's involvement.