Russia Boycotts Ukrainian Peace Summit; Switzerland to Proceed

Russia declared on Thursday that it will not engage in any event endorsing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s peace plan, as Switzerland confirmed its plans to host a summit on the 10-step formula later this year.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova reiterated Russia’s stance, stating that they would not participate in the Swiss-hosted summit, alleging Switzerland’s bias and distortion of facts. She accused the organizers of attempting to coerce Russia and form an anti-Russian coalition.

Zakharova asserted that Western interests lie in Russia’s strategic defeat rather than a resolution in Ukraine, claiming Switzerland has lost its neutrality by siding with Kyiv.

Switzerland, however, announced the summit’s schedule and invited over 160 delegations from around the globe. The event, scheduled for June 15-16 at the Burgenstock resort, aims to advance discussions on Zelenskyy’s 10-point plan outlined during the 2022 G20 summit.

The plan addresses various issues, including nuclear safety and food and energy security, with the final step being the signing of a peace accord. Despite Russia’s boycott, Switzerland remains committed to facilitating dialogue for a peaceful resolution in Ukraine.–NA