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Zelenskyy: “Putin will applaud standing for Biden if he doesn't attend Global Peace Summit”

The president also warned that Russia wants to hold an alternative event.

Zelenskyy: “Putin will applaud standing for Biden if he doesn't attend Global Peace Summit”
Joe Biden speaking in North Carolina, 26 March 2024
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President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has criticised the fact that the United States has not yet determined the level of representation at the Global Peace Summit in Switzerland.

He believes that President Joe Biden's refusal to participate will please Russian leader Vladimir Putin. He said this at a press conference in Belgium.

Zelenskyy also warned that Russia would try to create its own alternative to the Global Summit.

"We know that America supports the summit. But you and I do not know at what level. I think this is not a very strong decision. With all due respect to every person in the United States of America, they are helping us a lot, but now it will be very simple: there will be a peace summit organised by the whole world, and then there will also be something that Russia will try to do. And I believe that President Biden is needed by the peace summit and other leaders who are looking at the US response. Not having him there will only give Putin a hand. Putin will personally applaud, and he will be standing," he said.

Zelenskyy added that Ukraine is also waiting for confirmation of the participation of several African countries - there are positive signals in this regard. In addition, Ukraine is waiting for a response from China and Brazil.

At today's briefing, the President added that Ukraine is ready for proposals from other countries. Everyone is welcome to come to the Swiss summit and express their own vision of a just peace.

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