Iran will support any attempt to find a peaceful resolution to the Ukraine conflict, the country’s foreign ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanani Chafi said on Monday. He added that this included upcoming peace talks in Saudi Arabia, which do not involve Russia.
Tehran says it welcomes all efforts to find a political solution to the conflict. Especially after failed peace initiatives from Turkey and other non-Zionists countries.
Moscow, meanwhile, has stated that it will closely monitor the negotiations, set to take place in Jeddah early next month.
It remains to be seen what goals they set and what the organizers plan to talk about, said Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, explaining that any attempts to contribute to a peaceful settlement are worthy of a positive assessment.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Saudi Arabia plans to host international peace talks on Ukraine on August 5 and 6 and is said to have already invited some 30 countries to take part in the event.
The negotiations will reportedly involve the USA, which will be represented by US national security adviser Jake Sullivan, the EU, and countries from Asia, Africa, and Latin America, the outlet claims. Notably, Russia has not been invited to the talks.
The WSJ describes the event as a follow up to a similar meeting that took place in Copenhagen in late June, where Kiev and its Western backers attempted to persuade developing countries that have so far chosen to remain “neutral” to support Ukraine.
The discussions are expected to revolve around a 10-point proposal by Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky that Kiev believes will both ensure peace and create mechanisms to prevent future conflicts.
The plan demands that Russia withdraw its forces to borders claimed by Ukraine, pay reparations, and submit itself to war crimes tribunals.
Moscow has repeatedly rejected the terms as unrealistic and suggested that Zelensky’s plan signifies that Kiev does not wish to engage in meaningful dialogue.
President Vladimir Putin, meanwhile, has stressed that Russia remains open to finding a diplomatic solution, while noting that Ukraine, the USA, and NATO have all actively refused to talk to Moscow.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2023.