Kremlin Says Switzerland Conference on Ukraine Is Futile


The Kremlin has expressed strong skepticism about a planned summit in Switzerland intended to pave the way for a peace process in Ukraine. According to Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin’s spokesman, any discussions on security issues that exclude Russia are pointless. In an interview with the Russian newspaper Izvestia, Peskov emphasized that without Russia’s involvement, the summit is unlikely to produce any meaningful results.

“Discussing security issues that concern us without our participation is absolutely futile,” Peskov stated. “It will most likely be just empty talk with no prospect of achieving any tangible results.”

Russia’s View on the Swiss Summit

Russia has previously dismissed the value of the conference being organized by Switzerland. The summit, scheduled for June 15-16 near Lucerne, aims to discuss solutions for ending the conflict in Ukraine. However, Moscow has not been invited to participate, which Russia sees as a significant oversight.

Switzerland announced on Wednesday that over 50 countries have agreed to attend the summit. The Swiss government is also working to secure the participation of more countries from the Global South, including China. Swiss President Viola Amherd agreed to host the summit in response to a request from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Peskov’s Critique of the Summit

Peskov critiqued the summit’s potential effectiveness, even if countries like China decide to participate. He acknowledged that China’s involvement could lend some dignity to the conference but doubted it would enhance the event’s effectiveness.

“A balanced approach by the Chinese may dignify any conference, from our point of view, but this will not add to the effectiveness of this particular event,” Peskov noted.

Background of the Ukraine Conflict

The conflict in Ukraine has been ongoing since 2014 when Russia annexed Crimea, and pro-Russian separatists began fighting the Ukrainian government in the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. The situation escalated significantly in February 2022, when Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The conflict has resulted in thousands of deaths, widespread displacement, and significant geopolitical tension.

International Efforts for Peace

Various international efforts have been made to find a peaceful resolution to the Ukraine conflict. The Minsk Agreements, negotiated in 2014 and 2015, aimed to establish a ceasefire and political framework for resolving the conflict. However, these agreements have largely failed to bring lasting peace, with violations occurring regularly.

The planned summit in Switzerland is another attempt to facilitate dialogue and negotiate peace. However, without Russia’s participation, many, including Peskov, doubt its potential for success.

The Role of the Global South and China

Switzerland is actively trying to involve more countries from the Global South and China in the summit. Countries from South America, Africa, and the Middle East have confirmed their attendance, highlighting the global interest in resolving the conflict. China’s participation is seen as particularly significant due to its global influence and strategic interests.

Swiss President Viola Amherd’s Role

Swiss President Viola Amherd has taken a proactive role in organizing the summit. Her decision to host the event follows a request from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who has been seeking international support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and efforts to end the conflict.

Russia’s Conditions for Peace Talks

Russia has consistently stated that any meaningful peace talks must include its involvement. The Kremlin argues that as a major party to the conflict, excluding Russia from discussions on security and peace is illogical and counterproductive.

Peskov reiterated this stance, emphasizing the need for Russia’s participation in any discussions aimed at resolving the conflict. Without Russia at the table, he argues, any agreements or outcomes from the summit will lack legitimacy and effectiveness.

Challenges Facing the Summit

The planned summit faces significant challenges, not least of which is the absence of Russia. Achieving a consensus among the participating countries, especially on contentious issues like sovereignty, territorial integrity, and security guarantees, will be difficult. Additionally, the ongoing hostilities and mutual distrust between Russia and Ukraine further complicate the prospect of fruitful negotiations.

The upcoming summit in Switzerland represents a significant international effort to address the conflict in Ukraine. However, without Russia’s participation, its potential for success remains in doubt. The Kremlin’s firm stance underscores the complexities of the situation and the challenges of achieving a lasting peace. As the summit approaches, the involvement of additional countries, particularly from the Global South and China, may influence its dynamics, but the absence of Russia remains a critical hurdle.


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