WSJ: during talks held in Saudi, Ukraine’s delegation did not insist on discussing peace only in case of withdrawal of Russian troops

During the talks on resolving the war in Ukraine currently being held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the Ukrainian delegation did not insist on a peace agreement based on Zelensky’s plan, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources.

Zelensky’s peace plan stipulates that any agreement between Russia and Ukraine can only be discussed after the Russian troops are completely withdrawn from Ukrainian territory.

During the previous talks that took place at the end of July in Copenhagen, Ukraine insisted on that condition being met. This time around, Kyiv did not try to actively promote Zelensky’s peace formula, WSJ claims.

At the same time, the countries that previously had not supported Ukraine’s demands did not insist on Kyiv renouncing them during the talks in Jeddah, the media outlet notes.

According to WSJ, some gaps were narrowed between the delegations as a result.

Delegations from over 30 countries, including the US, China, and India are taking part in the conference in Jeddah. This meeting is a continuation of talks on peaceful resolution to the war in Ukraine which took place at the end of June in Copenhagen.

The Wall Street Journal previously reported, citing sources, that Saudi Arabia had been chosen as a location for the meeting so that representatives of China, who had ignored the previous meeting, could agree to come.

There are no Russian representatives at the talks, however the Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov previously admitted that Russia would be following the negotiations. The official spokesperson for Russia’s Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova was quoted saying that “if such meetings will help the West recognise that Zelensky’s plan leads to a dead-end then they will, likely, not be for nothing”.

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