Sunak warns Russia’s allies they’re ‘on the wrong side of history’ at Ukraine summit | EUROtoday

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Rishi Sunak has warned Russia’s allies they’re “on the wrong side of history” and stated Vladimir Putin has no real interest in “genuine peace” in Ukraine,

He additionally condemned the Russian chief’s “escalating nuclear rhetoric”.

The prime minister is at a significant worldwide summit on Ukraine in Switzerland with Volodymyr Zelensky.

It comes after Mr Sunak stated G7 leaders had reached a “historic breakthrough” at a summit in Italy this week by agreeing a mortgage for Ukraine that will probably be funded by frozen Russian property in Europe.

He stated: “This is just and it is right. But true justice will only come when Russia leaves Ukraine.”

Rishi Sunak will criticise countries supplying arms and components for Vladimir Putin’s war effort
Rishi Sunak will criticise nations supplying arms and parts for Vladimir Putin’s battle effort (PA Wire)

US vice-president Kamala Harris, French president Emmanuel Macron and the leaders of Germany, Italy, Canada and Japan are amongst these attending the assembly on the Buergenstock Resort on a cliff overlooking Lake Lucerne this weekend.

The presidents of Ecuador, Ivory Coast, Kenya and Somalia can even be part of the summit, the place Mr Zelensky predicted “history being made”.

Russia was not invited to the talks, whereas China – its most essential ally – has refused to attend.

French president Emmanuel Macron driving a golf car with British PM Rishi Sunak, president of the European Council Charles Michel and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau during the G7 summit in Italy
French president Emmanuel Macron driving a golf automotive with British PM Rishi Sunak, president of the European Council Charles Michel and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau in the course of the G7 summit in Italy (AFP/Getty)

With Russia holding no invitation, consultants and critics don’t anticipate any main breakthroughs for Ukraine. Russian president Vladimir Putin advised the summit is “just another ploy to divert everyone’s attention”.

As for Mr Sunak, he criticised nations supplying arms and parts for Mr Putin’s battle effort.

He stated: “Those who aid Russia by providing the weapons of war, or components for those weapons should look at this summit today.

“They should look at Bucha, Mariupol, Kharkiv, and they should reflect on the choice they have made.

Vladimir Putin said the Switzerland summit is ‘just another ploy to divert everyone’s attention’
Vladimir Putin said the Switzerland summit is ‘just another ploy to divert everyone’s attention’ (AP)

“They are placing themselves on the side of the aggressor – and on the wrong side of history. Putin has no interest in a genuine peace.

“He has launched a sustained diplomatic campaign against this summit, ordering countries to stay away, spinning a phoney narrative about his willingness to negotiate.

“We should ask Russia why they feel so threatened by a summit discussing the basic principles of territorial integrity, food security and nuclear safety.”

“From a position of strength, we must work with President Zelensky to set out the principles for a just and lasting peace, based on international law and the UN Charter.

“That is the path to a permanent cessation of hostilities. It will show Ukraine that we’ll stand by them when they are ready for negotiations.

“And it will show Putin’s allies in North Korea, Iran and elsewhere that we will protect the right of all nations to determine their own future.”

Additional reporting by Press Association

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/rishi-sunak-ukraine-russia-summit-b2563264.html