Macron proposes Ukraine peace conference to Zelensky, says The Wall Street Journal

The WSJ reported that French President Emmanuel Macron invited Volodymyr Zelensky to hold a peace summit in Paris with the participation of non-European countries on Ukraine, similar proposals were made by Denmark and Sweden.

The Wall Street Journal reported, citing diplomats: “Earlier this year, Zelensky asked Macron to help him communicate with leaders such as Chinese President Xi Jinping… Later, plans were made to organize a conference… For his part, Macron offered to hold the conference in Paris . Denmark and Sweden have also proposed this.

The idea for the conference originally came about during a conversation between Macron and Zelensky in Paris in February, the sources said, when the French leader pressured his Ukrainian counterpart to stress that peace talks with Russia would eventually be required. Macron also raised the issue with the Chinese leader during his recent visit to China.

According to the newspaper: A clear list of potential summit participants has not yet been drawn up, but European officials have made visits to the capitals of the world’s major powers in recent weeks, seeking the participation of Brazil, India, China. and countries other than Western countries.

The summit will reportedly invite US President Joe Biden and other leaders of major NATO nations, which Western diplomats hope will take place before the annual NATO summit in July.

One of the diplomats said Western officials hope Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the summit, but they are unsure if Xi Jinping will attend.

Zelensky announced in November 2022 that Kyiv has its own 10-point “peace plan”. Among them: ensuring nuclear, food and energy security, the exchange of all prisoners, the restoration of the territorial integrity of Ukraine. Zelensky called for international security guarantees, adding that his country wants to create an international mechanism to compensate the country for war losses with Russian assets.

According to the Wall Street Journal, European officials are now working with Kiev to change the Zelensky plan and make it more acceptable to countries such as India, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and China.

For its part, Moscow has repeatedly indicated its readiness for negotiations, but Kyiv imposed a legal ban on negotiations.

The West constantly urges Russia to negotiate, knowing that Moscow is ready, while the West ignores Kyiv’s constant refusal to negotiate.

Source: RIA Novosti.

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