Ukraine Peace Summit: Hope Fades, But Talks Continue

The number of countries and organisations participating in the global peace summit for Ukraine has dropped from 93 to 78, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), citing anonymous EU diplomats.

The peace summit will be held in Burgenstock, Switzerland, on June 15-16. Kyiv initially reported that 107 countries and international organisations had confirmed their participation by early June. Bern later revised this number down to around 90 participants.

One anonymous official told RFE/RL, "I want a group photo with nearly 80 people," indicating a desire for broad participation at the summit. Another anonymous diplomat expressed optimism that there is still time for additional countries to join the event.

The The Kyiv Independent reports that it has sent a request for comment to the Ukrainian Presidential Office, but has not received a response by the time of publication.

Ukraine hopes that the summit will address several key areas, including energy security, prisoner exchange, the return of abducted children, and global food security. According to presidential spokesman Serhiy Nikiforov, summit participants will formulate a common negotiating position on the outcome of the war and present it to Russia.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba alleged that Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to derail the peace summit, claiming the Kremlin leader has no desire for peace. In early June, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused China of working with Moscow to reduce participation in the peace summit, which Beijing has denied.

Translation by Iurie Tataru

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