Ukraine realises war will end with negotiations, there is Zelenskyy’s peace formula for this – Security and Defense Council Secretary of Ukraine

Дата: 20 May 2024
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Ukraine realises that the war will end with negotiations, thus, it is preparing and promoting President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s peace formula, stated Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC), Oleksandr Lytvynenko, in his address to the participants of the Baltic Sea Region Forum: NATO 2024 and Arctic Europe.

Oleksandr Lytvynenko

“Ukraine is clearly aware that the war will end in negotiations. That is why President Zelenskyy’s Peace Formula has been prepared and is being promoted. Our position is very simple,” he said.

He expressed confidence that the formula will garner support at the Peace Summit in Switzerland in June 2024, believing “this real diplomatic track has every chance of contributing to a just peace.”

Lytvynenko emphasised Ukraine’s need for “a sustainable peace for decades that would enable Ukraine’s development,” not merely a temporary 2-year armistice. He also expressed hope that Ukraine would receive an invitation to join NATO this year at the alliance’s summit in Washington.

“We know that membership will not happen tomorrow, but the invitation will cool down many hotheads in Russia. It will contribute to de-escalation rather than being a confrontational step,” Lytvynenko stated, recalling the 2008 Bucharest Summit where “clear certainty stabilised the situation with Putin, while ambiguity provoked Russia’s aggression,” he said.

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By way of background, at the beginning of 2024, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he thought talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin could not result in true peace, but he believes Putin will acknowledge his mistake and his defeat.

A spokesperson for Zelenskyy, Serhii Nykyforov, said that the participants of the Peace Summit to be held on June 15-16 in Switzerland would work out Ukraine’s joint negotiating position, which would be then submitted to Russia.

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