Freezing the Ukraine Conflict is a Recipe for Future Wars, Warns Ursula von der Leyen

World leaders convened in Switzerland for a crucial peace summit aimed at addressing the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and increasing diplomatic pressure on Russia to end its aggression

by Sededin Dedovic
Freezing the Ukraine Conflict is a Recipe for Future Wars, Warns Ursula von der Leyen
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Freezing the conflict in Ukraine is not a solution but a recipe for future aggressor wars, said Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, at the International Peace Conference on Ukraine held in the Swiss resort of Buergenstock.

“Freezing the conflict today, with foreign troops occupying Ukrainian land, is not the answer. It is a recipe for future wars of aggression,” she said in her speech, Reuters reports. “Instead, we need to support a comprehensive, just, and sustainable peace for Ukraine.

One that restores Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity,” she said at the summit.

Additional Pressure on Russia

World leaders are gathering in Switzerland at the summit to exert additional pressure on Russia to end its war in Ukraine, but the absence of Russia's allies like China will diminish its potential impact.

Dozens of Ukraine’s allies will participate in the meeting, while China is staying away after Russia was excluded from the summit, dismissing the event as a waste of time and stating it has no intention to attend. Without China, hopes of isolating Moscow have faded, and recent developments on the battlefield have put Kyiv in a defensive position.

The war in Gaza between Israel and Hamas has also diverted attention from Ukraine. Negotiations are expected to focus on broader concerns arising from the war, such as food and nuclear security and freedom of navigation, and the draft final declaration names Russia as the aggressor in the conflict, sources said earlier.

Switzerland, which organized the summit at the request of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, aims to pave the way for a future peace process involving Russia. However, geopolitical divisions over the deadliest European conflict since World War II have reduced the event's potential impact, and Zelensky has even accused Beijing of aiding Moscow by undermining the meeting, a claim the Chinese foreign ministry has denied.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Including Russia in the Peace Process

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz advocated for including Russia in the peace process for Ukraine. “The truth is that peace in Ukraine cannot be achieved without involving Russia,” Scholz said at the peace conference in Switzerland on Saturday.

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At the same time, he called on Russia to fully withdraw from the partially occupied Ukraine. “Russia can end this war at any time by stopping its attacks and withdrawing its troops from Ukraine,” Scholz added.

Saudi Arabia for Including Russia in Peace Negotiations

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud stated that any credible peace negotiations about the war in Ukraine must include Russian participation and would involve difficult compromises.

Speaking at the conference in Switzerland, which aims to pave the way for a peace process, the minister said Saudi Arabia is committed to helping end the conflict. “We believe it is important for the international community to encourage any steps towards serious negotiations that will require tough compromises as part of the path to peace,” the prince said.

Saudi Arabia is seen as a leading candidate to host a follow-up conference to the gathering of dozens of world leaders this weekend in Switzerland. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky believes that the peace conference in Switzerland will increase pressure on Moscow, but other participants are not as optimistic.

“We managed to give diplomacy a chance,” said Swiss President Viola Amherd, adding, “Our goals are modest”. She explained that the aim of the conference is to stimulate a process for creating a lasting and just peace.

She emphasized the importance of international law as the foundation of the international order.
Russia’s attack violates it in a very serious way,” Amherd said. Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni rejected Russian President Vladimir Putin’s proposals for peace talks with Ukraine, calling them propaganda.

“It doesn’t seem particularly effective to propose negotiations by telling Ukraine that it must withdraw from Ukraine,” Meloni quipped at the end of a press conference following the G7 summit held in Italy.

“It seems more like a propaganda initiative,” she added. Earlier, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz assessed that the demands made by the Russian president appear like dictating peace.

US Vice President Kamala Harris Pledges $1.5 Billion Aid Package to Ukraine

US Vice President Kamala Harris pledged a $1.5 billion aid package to Ukraine, mainly aimed at the country’s energy sector, reports the BBC.

The funding, announced at the peace summit on Ukraine in Switzerland, will help repair infrastructure damaged by Russian bombings. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Tuesday that half of the country’s electricity production capacity has been destroyed in the war.

He called on Western countries to provide more air defense systems for Ukraine to protect energy infrastructure and urban centers. Russian attacks on the power grid have forced energy companies to implement continuous power outages.

The USAID and State Department package includes $500 million in new money for energy assistance and $324 million reallocated for urgent energy needs, according to a White House statement.

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