The third international meeting of national security advisors regarding the Ukrainian “peace formula” will be held in Türkiye in October, Bloomberg reported, citing sources.
“The meeting is tentatively scheduled for later this month in Istanbul, according to the people who spoke on condition of anonymity to share information about the plans for the summit. It follows similar gatherings in Denmark in June and in Saudi Arabia in August. Participants will discuss ideas for reaching a lasting peace in Ukraine,” the journalists write.
Russia, as before, was not invited. The Kremlin condemned the meetings and called them illegitimate. A limited number of official representatives are expected to come to Istanbul.
“Ukrainian and allied officials have sought to persuade countries that have stayed mostly neutral toward Russia’s invasion, such as Brazil and India, to side against Moscow. Allies see the meetings as an opportunity for Ukraine to explain its case directly with those nations,” Bloomberg said.
Andrii Yermak, Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, on September 29, said that he expected a third meeting of advisers on the “peace formula” in October but did not name a possible venue.
High-ranking officials from 40 countries gathered at the second summit in Saudi Arabia in August. The territorial integrity of Ukraine must be preserved – this was the consensus reached by the participants of the Jeddah meeting, the journalists wrote. The first meeting of political advisers was held in Denmark in June but was less successful.
In May, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed the idea of holding a global peace summit with the participation of as many states as possible to gain support for the Ukrainian “peace formula.” Ukrainian and Western officials aim to conclude the effort with a peace summit at the end of the year, where world leaders will sign joint principles to end the war. The future document will be able to start peace negotiations between Russia and Ukraine in favor of Kyiv, the WSJ wrote.