China will not attend Peace Summit in Switzerland, — Reuters

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China has declined an invitation to the Peace Summit in Switzerland despite Kyiv and Bern’s eagerness to see its representative at the table.

That’s according to Reuters.

“China has always insisted that an international peace conference should be endorsed by both Russia and Ukraine, with the equal participation of all parties, and that all peace proposals should be discussed in a fair and equal manner. Otherwise it will be difficult for it to play a substantive role in restoring peace,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said on May 31.

Moscow, while not invited, doesn’t acknowledge the format of peace talks offered by Ukraine and the West. Moreover, it insists that China should arrange a separate peace conference.

Ukraine has already provided Reuters with response to China’s decision.

“We are very sorry that the Chinese side does not use the opportunity to present its position on the platform of the Summit in Switzerland,” a spokesperson for the Ukrainian embassy in Beijing stated.

On May 23, China and Brasil issued a joint statement calling for peace talks in the “conflict” between Russia and Ukraine.

Previously, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell warned that Russia was trying to sway BRICS countries’ opinion on the Peace Summit.

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