Zelensky Seeks China's Support for 'Just Peace' in Ukraine at Upcoming Swiss Summit

Zelensky seeks China's help to "restore a just peace" in Ukraine, as he plans a Global Peace Summit in 2024 without Russia. China's involvement could pressure Putin to negotiate an end to the war.

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Zelensky Seeks China's Support for 'Just Peace' in Ukraine at Upcoming Swiss Summit

Zelensky Seeks China's Support for 'Just Peace' in Ukraine at Upcoming Swiss Summit

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has expressed his hope that China can help restore a just peace" in Ukraine and contribute to stability in international relations at the upcoming Global Peace Summit in Switzerland. The summit, scheduled for June 15-16, 2024, was requested by Ukraine and will not include Russia among its participants.

Zelensky thanked German Chancellor Olaf Scholz for his diplomatic efforts in Beijing, where Scholz met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and urged China to pressure Russia to end the war in Ukraine . The Ukrainian president believes that China, as an ally of Russia, has influence over Vladimir Putin and can play a significant role in achieving peace.

Why this matters: The involvement of China in the peace process could potentially shift the dynamics of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. As a major global power and ally of Russia, China's support for a "just peace" could put pressure on Putin to negotiate and end the war.

In addition to seeking China's support, Zelensky announced that he will request a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Council to discuss the defense of Ukraine's airspace, including the supply of air defense systems and missiles. He drew parallels between Ukraine's situation and Israel's successful defense against attacks, emphasizing the need for improved protection.

While the full list of participants for the Global Peace Summit has not been made public, Zelensky expressed appreciation to the leaders and states that have shown willingness to attend. However, Russia has criticized Ukraine's peace plan, which includes the withdrawal of all Russian soldiers from Ukrainian territory, as "unrealistic."

China has stated that it will only support a peace conference if both Ukraine and Russia participate. Chinese President Xi Jinping outlined four principles to prevent the escalation of the conflict, including cooling tensions and avoiding further escalation. However, China has been criticized for not condemning Russia's invasion and instead supporting Russia while condemning Western sanctions.

Zelensky remains optimistic about the upcoming summit, stating that it "offers a real chance for all of us to ensure that the UN Charter and its goals and principles truly come into effect." He believes that China's active role can accelerate progress towards a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Ukraine.

In the ongoing war in Ukraine , with Russia's full-scale invasion now in its 25th month, the international community is closely watching the diplomatic efforts to bring an end to the conflict. The Global Peace Summit in Switzerland represents a significant opportunity for world leaders to come together and work towards a peaceful resolution, with China's potential support being a key factor in the negotiations.

Key Takeaways

  • Zelensky hopes China can help restore "just peace" in Ukraine at 2024 Global Peace Summit.
  • Zelensky requests NATO-Ukraine Council meeting to discuss air defense for Ukraine.
  • China will only support peace conference if both Ukraine and Russia participate.
  • Zelensky remains optimistic China's role can accelerate progress towards peaceful resolution.
  • Global Peace Summit represents opportunity for world leaders to work towards ending Ukraine conflict.