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China wants Russia at Ukrainian peace talks – SCMP

China wants Russia at Ukrainian peace talks – SCMP

Beijing reportedly told EU officials that no settlement could be discussed without Moscow

China and Switzerland are working behind the scenes to invite Russia to proposed Swiss-hosted talks aimed at ending fighting between Kiev and Moscow, the South China Morning Post reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter.

Last month, Switzerland announced plans to hold a peace summit “until summer.” A specific date has not yet been announced. The number of potential participants was also not disclosed. However, Ukraine has indicated that Russia can only be invited if it agrees in advance to a litany of preconditions.

According to SCMP, China’s Eurasian envoy Li Hui told EU officials that the summit “It cannot be a conference that creates a plan that is pushed to the Russians.” The sources further said that both China and Switzerland share a “pragmatic” that negotiations should not be a mere formality.

Unlike many Western countries, Beijing has refused to blame Moscow for the outbreak of hostilities in February 2022, stressing that the conflict can only be ended through diplomacy.

“The sooner the talks start, the sooner there will be peace,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters at a CCP event in Beijing on Thursday. He added to that The absence of peace talks could lead to an even bigger crisis.

China proposed a 12-point peace plan in February 2023. Kyiv rejected the initiative.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, in turn, insisted that the settlement could only be based on a 10-point “peace formula” that he presented at the end of 2022.

Russia rejected Zelenskyi’s terms as unrealistic, arguing that it would never give up Crimea, which joined Russia after a Western-backed coup in Kiev in 2014, as well as four former Ukrainian regions that did the same in September 2022.

Ukraine and its Western backers have marked accession referendums “fraud” and accused Russia of illegally occupying Ukrainian lands. They later said that peace could only be achieved on Kiev’s terms.

Russian Ambassador to Switzerland Sergey Garmonin told local media in January 2024 that a peace summit without Russian participation would “doomed to fail.” Moscow says it is open to negotiations, but on acceptable terms.

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