Ukraine’s president asks the West for more weapons and economic support, while suggesting a peace summit
A settlement of the conflict with Moscow could be achieved if kyiv and its Western backers take three steps, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky told the G7 on Monday. His plan includes more arms deliveries, measures to strengthen Ukraine’s economic resilience and diplomatic efforts.
In a virtual address, Zelensky called on the Group of Seven (G7) to “preserve this level of solidarity for next year”, adding that “we must also take long-awaited measures to accelerate the advent of peace” in Ukraine.
To achieve this goal, he said, Ukraine needs “a new force” which would require deliveries of modern tanks, artillery and long-range missiles.
The second step is “a new resilience” said Zelensky. “We must maintain financial, energy and social stability next year,” he said, urging G7 members to increase energy assistance to Ukraine and step up reconstruction aid efforts.
The third step is “a new diplomacy” He continued. “I propose to convene a special summit – Global Peace Formula Summit – to determine how and when we can implement the points of the Ukrainian peace formula.” Earlier, Zelensky expressed this idea during a conversation with US President Joe Biden.
The formula, which was first outlined by the President of Ukraine at the G20 summit in November, includes, among other things, the restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity, the “withdrawal of Russian troops and cessation of hostilities”.
At the time, Zelensky also said that Ukraine had no intention of signing a new Minsk agreement, arguing that Russia “violate [it] immediately after signing. The now defunct Minsk-1 and Minsk-2 agreements were signed in 2014 and 2015 with the mediation of Germany, France and Russia. The agreements were intended to pave the way for peace by granting the people’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk special status within the Ukrainian state.
On Monday, Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov noted that Moscow “had heard nothing of President Zelensky’s peacebuilding efforts”, referring to the proposal for a world summit for peace.
Earlier, the spokesman said that the Ukrainian President’s rejection of the Minsk format “absolutely confirm” kyiv’s reluctance to negotiate with Moscow.
Nevertheless, Moscow has maintained that it is open to talks with Kyiv if it sees a genuine “political will” on the part of Ukraine to engage in dialogue.
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