Switzerland to Host Ukraine Peace Conference — Without Russia

(RightWing.org) – On February 24, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin sent his military over the border with Ukraine to complete the conquest of the country that he actually began in 2014 when his country “annexed” the Crimean peninsula. Since then, many world leaders have tried to find a path to ending the war to no avail. Now, one of the most famous (or infamous depending on one’s point of view) countries ostensibly known for maintaining neutrality during times of conflict, plans to hold a conference in June and hopes to gather a consensus on how to stop the bloodshed.

Making a Plan

Switzerland has announced that they intend to hold an international conference of high-level officials in the hope that they can stitch together a united front to convince the warring parties to stop fighting. A cynical person might say they are planning a pronouncement from on high since the meeting will be held at the five-star Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne which rises some 1640 feet above the surface of the water. That same individual might be inclined to point out that politicians the world over are generally oblivious to the irony of needing such a luxurious (read: expensive) locale to discuss the humanitarian crisis that has come down upon the heads of civilians who happen to be caught in the line of fire.

Media reports indicate that the idea was first conceived between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis who said that Russia was the next country brought into the loop — but with a big catch. Nobody from Putin’s government was invited to come and take a seat at the conference table.

Without a delegate being present, it should come as no shock to anybody that the Russians are skeptical that anything resembling a negotiated settlement will be put together at this conference. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said it is essentially meaningless and alleged that the conference is nothing more than a means to “finalize the infamous 10 points [2022] of Zelensky’s [sic] peace formula.”

As of April 15, there have been media reports saying that President Joe Biden will attend the summit, but there has been no official word confirming who will represent the United States. Either way, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has called this a ploy by the Democrats to boost their chances of defeating former President Donald Trump at the ballot box in November.

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