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Ukraine Calls For Peace Talks With Russia Mediated By United Nations

Ukraine wants to hold a summit for peace in late February, its Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kubela, said Monday, with the country marking nearly a year since the Russian military incursion. While Ukraine wants a summit to end the war, it does not expect Russia to attend.

According to Kubela, the peace summit would preferably be held at the United Nations, with Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as the likely facilitator. Kuleba suggested that if Russia is to attend the peace summit, it would have to first address the War Crimes Tribunal. 

“The United Nations could be the best venue for holding this summit because this is not about making a favor to a certain country,” Kuleba told the Associated Press. “This is really about bringing everyone on board.”

He added about Guterres’: “He has proven himself to be an efficient mediator and an efficient negotiator, and most importantly, as a man of principle and integrity. So we would welcome his active participation.”

Addressing the Kremlin’s announcement last week it was ready to negotiate peace terms, Kubela expressed doubt. 

“They regularly say that they are ready for negotiations, which is not true because everything they do on the battlefield proves the opposite,” he told AP.

Kuleba also said that Russia should be removed from the United Nations. 

“We have a very simple question: Does Russia have the right to remain a permanent member of the UN Security Council and to be in the United Nations at all?” he said in televised remarks on Christmas Day “We have a convincing and reasoned answer — no, it does not.”

Kubela is “absolutely pleased” by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s visit to the United States last week, as well as White House’s plans for Patriot missile batteries to be ready for operation in Ukraine within less than six months, and

On December 12, Zelenskyy said Ukraine planned to launch the Summit on Implementing the Ukrainian Peace Formula in 2023. At the Group of 20 Summit in Bali in November, Zelenskyy presented a 10-point peace formula which included restoring Ukrainian territorial integrity, withdrawing Russian troops, freeing all prisoners, holding trials of those who were responsible for the aggression, and providing Ukraine with security guarantees. 

Zelenskyy’s call to the Group of 20 (G20) leading economies last month was to adopt the 10-point peace formula for Ukraine and end Russia’s war. The peace summit will be held one year after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which began in late February 2022.

A peace summit would take place close to a year after Russia invaded Ukraine, resulting in a bloody war that has killed tens of thousands. With war entering its 11th month, Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted leaders from the other former Soviet states Monday in St. Petersburg for a summit of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Cover image: Government of Ukraine

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