Zelensky Invites Turkey to Ukrainian "Global Peace Summit"
President Volodymyr Zelensky has extended an invitation to Turkey for a so-called "Global Peace Summit" being organized by Ukraine. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held one-on-one talks with Zelensky at the Vahdettin Mansion in Istanbul on Friday, with the meeting lasting over 2.5 hours.
"I am grateful to Turkey for supporting the peace formula that I presented last year. We are actively working on implementing the points of the formula and preparing for the Global Peace Summit. It is crucial for Turkey to be among the leaders in this endeavor," Zelensky said during a joint press conference with President Erdogan in Istanbul.
Earlier, Andriy Yermak, the Head of Zelensky's Office, stated that Kyiv would like to host the so-called "Global Peace Summit" in Ukraine. Zelensky has confirmed that preparations are underway for the summit, during which his proposed peace plan will be discussed. Kyiv aims to have as many countries as possible participate in the meeting.
In early June, a source from RIA Novosti in Moscow remarked that the so-called peace summit that Zelensky is attempting to convene has as little to do with a peaceful resolution as his "peace formula" does. Anyone who agrees to participate in it would automatically be seen as supporting the continuation of the armed conflict.
Moscow has repeatedly indicated its readiness for negotiations, while Kyiv has legislatively banned them. The West consistently calls on Russia to engage in talks, which Moscow is willing to do, but the West ignores Kyiv's constant refusal to engage in dialogue. The Kremlin has previously stated that there are currently no preconditions for a peaceful resolution in Ukraine, and Russia's absolute priority is to achieve the goals of its special operation, which can only be accomplished militarily. According to the Kremlin, the situation in Ukraine can transition to a peaceful path if the de facto situation and new realities are taken into account; Moscow's demands are well known.
In conclusion, President Zelensky's invitation to Turkey for the "Global Peace Summit" being organized by Ukraine demonstrates his commitment to seeking a peaceful resolution to the conflict. The talks between Zelensky and Erdogan signify the importance of international cooperation in fostering dialogue and finding solutions. However, the success of such a summit will depend on the willingness of all parties involved to engage in constructive discussions and consider the realities on the ground.