Ukraine-Russia peace talks far off – Scholz

Olaf Scholz
Olaf Scholz

Peace talks between Ukraine and Russia are "still a long way off," German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said while discussing his expectations for the upcoming Global Peace Summit in the Bundestag, Tagesschau reported on June 6.

"There will be no peace negotiations there. We are still a long way from that as long as Russia believes it can achieve its goals on the battlefield," he said, adding that the purpose of the summit is to bring together countries from around the world to demonstrate to Moscow that international law and the UN Charter must be respected.

Russia must withdraw its troops from Ukraine, while the German army must be strengthened, and Ukraine must be helped, Scholz said.

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The Global Peace Summit will be held on June 15-16 near Lucerne, Switzerland. As of June 3, 107 countries had confirmed their participation, according to the Office of the President.

Russia will not be present at the event. Head of the President’s Office Andriy Yermak said that Russia might be involved in the peace process at a later stage. Meanwhile, the Swiss Foreign Ministry stated that a genuine peace process in Ukraine is "unthinkable" without Russia.

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The summit is expected to be attended by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, and other European leaders.

Instead of U.S. President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris will attend the event.

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