Talks on a Ukrainian peace plan are being held in Malta, with the participation of more than 65 countries – but not Russia, Maltese and Ukrainian officials said. The two-day meeting of national security representatives that began on Saturday is the third round of such talks in recent months.
Ukraine sees the meeting as an opportunity to secure support for President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s 10-point peace plan from countries around the world, especially as the conflict in the Middle East risks dimming attention on Ukraine.
Russia, which was not invited to any of the meetings, has rejected this initiative as unilateral.
“Ukraine’s diplomatic efforts are paying off, as international support for Ukraine’s peace formula is growing,” the head of Ukraine’s presidential office, Andriy Yermak, said on the X platform – formerly known as Twitter.
The initial round of talks in Copenhagen in June had only 15 participants. This number increased to 43 for the second round in Jeddah in August.
In his speech at the conference, Yermak noted that, as more and more countries join the development of Mr. Zelenskyy’s plan, “Russia will have to back down before the international community. It will have to accept our common conditions .”
He detailed five of the 10 points of the plan being discussed at the weekend talks: nuclear security, energy security, food security, the release of prisoners of war and the displaced, and the restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity.
Malta’s foreign minister, Ian Borg, said the high turnout was a “vote of confidence in Malta as a peace broker”, reiterating his country’s support for Ukraine. “Even though we are a neutral state, we cannot remain silent in the face of injustices, atrocities and abuse of power in this region,” said Borg. “Malta believes in multilateralism that respects international law and the UN Charter.”