U.S. and Global South prepare for Ukraine talks in July

A high-level international consultation was held in Denmark to facilitate peace talks on Ukraine. Senior security advisers from the Global South and the West met with Ukraine’s leadership to discuss a path to ending the war with Russia, the Guardian reports.

The meeting took place against the backdrop of the military mutiny of Yevgeny Prigozhin, founder of the Wagner PMC, which many in the world saw as evidence of the approaching “collapse of Vladimir Putin’s regime”. Because of this, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan could not come to Copenhagen, but he joined the event via video link.

The conference was attended by senior advisers from the G-7 countries, including Italy, Britain, France, Canada, Germany, and Japan. In addition, security officials from India, Brazil, South Africa, Turkey and Saudi Arabia attended. These countries had previously refused to take sides in the Ukrainian conflict. Their participation in the conference was seen as a significant step toward supporting Ukraine’s sovereignty and internationally recognized borders. At the same time, the United Arab Emirates and China did not join the event.

From Kyiv, the head of the presidential office, Andrii Yermak, and diplomats came to Copenhagen. They tried to convince the representatives of the Global South of the lack of alternative to Volodymyr Zelensky’s “peace formula”, which implies a full withdrawal of Russian troops and restoration of internationally recognized borders of 1991. One of the points of discussion was the convening of a “peace summit” of world leaders, as well as its possible location – Denmark, Paris, the UN headquarters and Ukraine were suggested as such.

The new format of consultations was perceived by the meeting participants as “successful”, and all agreed that it should be continued, Yermak wrote. According to information obtained by ARD in Brussels, formal talks could take place as early as July.

Earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced the intention to hold a “peace formula” summit in July. It is planned to invite to the event countries that have not imposed sanctions against Russia and are in favor of an early cease-fire, in particular China, the Vatican, Brazil and India.

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