Where the second Peace Summit might be held: the Office of the President responds

Where the second Peace Summit might be held: the Office of the President responds

Deputy Head of the Office of the President Ihor Zhovkva / Photo: TSN.ua / Photo: ТСН.ua

Ihor Zhovkva reported that the Ukrainian authorities want to hold the second Peace Summit by the end of the year.

Ukraine, as stated by the President, has already begun negotiations regarding the venue for the second Peace Summit. There is a high probability that such a summit could take place in one of the countries of the Global South.

This was stated by Deputy Head of the Office of the President, Ihor Zhovkva, in an exclusive interview with the news agency "Interfax-Ukraine".

"Certainly, we have an understanding of potential countries. And that's because we have already done some work with these countries. But let’s not make it easier for the aggressor... We have several countries, and I can say with a high degree of probability that such a summit could take place in one of the countries of the Global South. It would be logical, as the first summit took place in a European country, neutral Switzerland. Now, by the logic of events, this summit should take place in one of the countries of the Global South. Which country it will be, we will see. It's a dynamic process," he noted.

According to Zhovkva, the country that will have the honor of hosting the second summit should already be actively working towards it.
"There are already a number of such countries, and they are working. Including those that attended the first Peace Summit. And perhaps not all of them were represented at the level of presidents and prime ministers. But I cannot disclose even the potential list of these countries to prevent the aggressor from having a chance to disrupt it," the Deputy Head of the Office of the President explained.
Ihor Zhovkva also spoke about what the second Peace Summit depends on. The position of the Swiss Foreign Minister is that it might happen before the US presidential elections in November this year. He explained how realistic this is.

"Undoubtedly, the US elections are an important event that the whole world is watching. But it seems to me that the determining factor for the date of the second summit is the intensity of work in the thematic groups. You heard the President, who said that the second Peace Summit will be not in years, but in months. That is Ukraine's stance," he stated.

Ihor Zhovkva reported that the Ukrainian authorities want to hold the second Peace Summit by the end of the year. He emphasized that the process should not be delayed.

"Ukraine, more than anyone, wants peace as soon as possible. But we definitely do not want peace based on the so-called Russian “recognition of reality,” as they put it. The President said that negotiations with Russia could start even tomorrow under one simple condition: withdraw the troops from the territory of Ukraine. But we see that there is not even a hint of this. No one is even considering it. So let's not rush with deadlines and dates," he said.

Zhovkva added that Switzerland should be commended for the absolutely successful organization of the first Peace Summit.
"The personal role of President Amherd in the successful holding of the summit is extremely high. Her entire team worked on it. We are now in contact with her team regarding the updated list of new countries joining," he emphasized.

According to Zhovkva, Switzerland, having hosted this first summit, wants to have an active role in further events. "We do not object, but specific actions and clear positions need to be taken".

"We need countries that are ready, if necessary, to speak very harshly to Russia, to say “no,” because the language of Russian ultimatums has ended. Now the unified voice of the global community will speak. As a result of the summit, the majority of countries in the world are already on our side. And this list will definitely grow. Therefore, every country that wants to take an active part in this process must clearly define its position," the Deputy Head of the Office of the President concluded.

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