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  • Writer's pictureAnton Kuchuhidze

International Press for the Period dated July 31 - 11 August 2023

This week, holding peace talks in Saudi Arabia is actively discussed in the Western media. Ukraine and its Western partners hope that these efforts will eventually lead to holding a peace summit later this year, where world leaders will sign joint principles of resolving the war. They hope that these principles will be able to shape future peace negotiations between russia and Ukraine based on the peace plan of President Zelensky.


The Wall Street Journal wrote that Saudi Arabia and Ukraine invited 30 countries to the meeting in Jeddah, including Indonesia, Egypt, Mexico, Chile and Zambia. That is, major key developing countries are involved in the negotiations, within the framework of intensifying efforts to consolidate international support for Ukraine's peace demands and the existing 10-point peace plan, which calls for the return of all occupied territories and demands that Russian troops withdraw from Ukraine before the start of peace talks. After all, many of these countries were mostly neutral about the war.


This week, there was an important announcement that Ukraine and the United States have begun negotiations aimed at providing security guarantees for Ukraine, following up commitments made by the G7 nations at the NATO summit last month, Reuters reported.


The Wall Street Journal published an interesting article that the US and its allies should act immediately and ensure that Ukraine acquires drones. The war in Ukraine is the first drone war. Unmanned aerial systems, or UAVs, are crucial to Ukraine's strategy.


The meeting in Jeddah is an important step towards the practical implementation of the peace initiatives proposed by Ukraine, and for the support of these initiatives by major countries, many of which adhere to neutrality. I hope that the date of the peace summit will be established based on the result of this meeting, and the peace plan of Ukraine will be confirmed at all levels. It is important that the Western partners understand that respect for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine should be the basis of any peaceful settlement.


This week, holding peace talks in Saudi Arabia is actively discussed in the Western media. Ukraine and its Western partners hope that these efforts will eventually lead to holding a peace summit later this year, where world leaders will sign joint principles of resolving the war. They hope that these principles will be able to shape future peace negotiations between russia and Ukraine based on the peace plan of President Zelensky.


The Wall Street Journal wrote that Saudi Arabia and Ukraine invited 30 countries to the meeting in Jeddah, including Indonesia, Egypt, Mexico, Chile and Zambia. That is, major key developing countries are involved in the negotiations, within the framework of intensifying efforts to consolidate international support for Ukraine's peace demands and the existing 10-point peace plan, which calls for the return of all occupied territories and demands that Russian troops withdraw from Ukraine before the start of peace talks. After all, many of these countries were mostly neutral about the war.


This week, there was an important announcement that Ukraine and the United States have begun negotiations aimed at providing security guarantees for Ukraine, following up commitments made by the G7 nations at the NATO summit last month, Reuters reported.


The Wall Street Journal published an interesting article that the US and its allies should act immediately and ensure that Ukraine acquires drones. The war in Ukraine is the first drone war. Unmanned aerial systems, or UAVs, are crucial to Ukraine's strategy.


The meeting in Jeddah is an important step towards the practical implementation of the peace initiatives proposed by Ukraine, and for the support of these initiatives by major countries, many of which adhere to neutrality. I hope that the date of the peace summit will be established based on the result of this meeting, and the peace plan of Ukraine will be confirmed at all levels. It is important that the Western partners understand that respect for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine should be the basis of any peaceful settlement.




The U.S. and its allies must act immediately. Drone makers in the West are eager to compete with DJI and other Chinese companies. The U.S. should repurpose some of its aid to Ukraine to include quadcopters made by U.S. companies.


The defense secretary can initiate an emergency program under the Defense Department’s Rapid Acquisition Authority. This authority, which lets the secretary appropriate funds from almost any source in the Pentagon budget, applies when a “compelling national security need” demands “the immediate initiation of a project” and “rapid fielding.” The need is obvious: American support to Ukraine will fail if the UAS-reconnaissance system collapses.




My African friends, Russia definitely isn’t your friend. In each of your countries where you open your arms wide to Russia, it reproduces the most atrocious of what the French, English, Belgian, Portuguese and German colonizers did before you chased them out.


Russia’s anti-Western rhetoric and incessant harping on yesterday’s imperialism is a crude distraction that shouldn’t fool you and that has no other effect but to hide the imperialism that Russia practices today.


This blindness is unworthy of Africa’s history. You can’t have fought so many wars of liberation only to turn your backs on a country, Ukraine, who is taking the same path and shaking free of its chains in turn.




According to diplomats involved in the discussion, the meeting would bring senior officials from up to 30 countries to Jeddah on Aug. 5 and 6. It comes amid a growing battle between the Kremlin and Ukraine’s Western backers to win support from major developing countries, many of which have been neutral over the Ukraine war.


Ukraine and Western officials hope the efforts could culminate in a peace summit later this year where global leaders would sign up to shared principles for resolving the war. They hope that those principles could frame future peace talks between Russia and Ukraine to Kyiv’s advantage.




Senior officials from up to 30 countries gathered in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, this weekend to talk about peace in Ukraine—but this won’t be a typical peace conference.


onetheless, the meeting is part of a potentially important process that Ukraine and its Western backers hope can lead to the crafting of a shared set of principles with important developing countries for framing future peace talks to Kyiv’s advantage. Many of those developing countries, such as Brazil, India and South Africa, have been largely neutral on the war.


Ukraine and European officials hope the process will lead to a major peace summit where the participants can sign off a shared vision of how the war should end. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on social-media platform X (formerly Twitter) that he hopes that summit can happen in the fall.




Ukraine and the United States started talks on Thursday aimed at providing security guarantees for Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's chief of staff said, a follow-up to pledges by G7 countries at last month's NATO summit.


Ukraine was told that the Group of Seven (G7) would draw up and honour security guarantees and help bolster its military in light of Russia's 17-month-old invasion of Ukraine.




Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he aims to revive the Black Sea grain deal with an “expanded scope,” calling on western countries to help turn the initiative into the basis for peace between Russia and Ukraine.


Contacts to restart the initiative “with an expanded scope” are ongoing but a solution depends on western countries “fulfilling their promises,” he added, without specifying which commitments had been broken.

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