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Russia mentioned Monday it will intently comply with talks on Ukraine set to happen in Saudi Arabia early subsequent month.
Saudi Arabia is planning to host peace talks together with Ukraine, Western nations and chosen main creating nations in August, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.
Russia — which launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, and continues to pound Ukraine with missile assaults — was not invited to the talks, however Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov mentioned Moscow will “follow this meeting,” reported Russian state-owned media outlet RIA Novosti on Monday.
“It remains to be fully understood what goals are set and what, in fact, the organizers plan to talk about,” mentioned Peskov, including that any makes an attempt to advertise a peaceable settlement are “worthy of a positive assessment.” Russian President Vladimir Putin lately said there might be no cease-fire whereas Ukrainian forces are “on the offensive.”
The upcoming Saudi-hosted talks, which might convey collectively officers from as much as 30 nations, are set to happen in Jeddah on August 5 and 6.
The U.Ok., South Africa, Poland and the EU have all confirmed attendance, and U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan can also be anticipated to attend, the Wall Street Journal mentioned. India and Brazil have additionally been invited.
Earlier this summer season, leaders and senior officers from greater than a dozen nations gathered in Copenhagen to debate a doable peace plan for Ukraine.
But some main creating nations are nonetheless hesitant to sentence the warfare, as evident throughout final month’s EU summit with Latin American leaders.
According to the Journal, officers are hoping the upcoming talks might garner worldwide assist for Ukraine’s peace calls for, and doubtlessly result in a summit later this 12 months. Western diplomats reportedly mentioned that Saudi Arabia was picked to host this spherical of talks partly in hopes of persuading China — which has close ties to Saudi Arabia — to take part.