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Italy and Germany Reject Ceasefire Terms by Russia in War With Ukraine

Italy and Germany have vehemently rejected the ceasefire terms brought forward by Russian President Vladimir Putin to stop the war between Russia and Ukraine, in a two-day summit in Switzerland which was attended by several countries. 

Italy’s Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni labeled the Russian president’s plan “propaganda” which effectively suggested that Ukraine “must withdraw from Ukraine”.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called it “dictatorial peace.”

On Friday June 14, Mr. Putin claimed he would agree to a ceasefire if Ukraine withdrew troops from four regions which Russia partially occupies and has annexed.

According to the BBC, Andriy Yermak, chief of staff to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, said that “no compromise on independence, sovereignty or territorial integrity.”

Mr. Putin put his terms on the table prior to the two-day Summit on Peace in Ukraine which is seeking to discuss the “basic principles of ending the war.” 

However, Russia was not invited to attend the Summit which saw the presence of over 90 countries and global institutions. China, Russia’s counterpart, is not attending, which will hinder the expectations of significant progress. 

Mr. Putin’s terms for a ceasefire were seen as “offensive to common sense” by Ukraine.

Participating countries are gearing to formally adopt the draft declaration reaffirming Ukraine’s territorial integrity on Sunday.

The leaders also claim that “that the safe transit of commercial shipping in the Black and Azov Seas is vital for global food security.” The draft text also calls for a prisoner of war exchange.

The Swiss summit comes shortly after G7 leaders unanimously agreed to use interest from frozen Russian assets to aid Ukraine in defending itself against Russia. 

Around $325bn (£256bn) in assets were frozen by the G7 countries and the EU following Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. The interest generated by those assets totals up to a staggering $3bn a year.

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