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Switzerland to hold peace talks in Ukraine in June, Biden could attend: report



Switzerland To Hold Ukraine Peace Talks In June, Biden Might Attend: Report

Swiss authorities have not provided details about the conference. (Representative)

US President Joe Biden is expected to attend a high-level war peace conference in Ukraine, expected to be held in Switzerland in mid-June, Swiss media said.

The date of the conference has not yet been set, but several media outlets this week suggested June 16-17.

No invitations were sent, but NZZ daily quoted “reliable sources” as saying the US president would attend, along with top representatives from dozens of countries.

Swiss authorities have not provided details about the conference.

In January, Switzerland announced it had agreed to host talks following Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s visit to the country, when he met his Swiss counterpart Viola Amherd.

At the time, Zelensky spoke of a ‘summit’ without any Russian participation.

But traditionally neutral Switzerland called it a “high-level conference on peace in Ukraine” and is fighting to attract China and other rising powers.

Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis also tried to woo Moscow during a meeting with his Russian counterpart

art Sergei Lavrov in New York in January.

However, the Kremlin believes that Switzerland is no longer impartial as it has approved the European Union’s sanctions against Russia.

According to Bloomberg, the conference will not take place in Geneva, as some media reports suggested, but in Lucerne in the Swiss Alps, at the luxurious Burgenstock Hotel.

In January, Switzerland hosted more than 80 national security advisers for talks to agree on Ukraine’s peace formula.

The meeting was based on Zelensky’s 10-point proposals to halt the war since the Russian invasion in February 2022. “The goal is to prepare so that we are ready and ripe to launch a process with Russia – when the time comes,” Cassis told us. a press conference at the time.

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