Europe must convince Kyiv to accept the demands put forward by Moscow and personally by Russian President Vladimir Putin, the politician said. EU countries need to join forces and develop proposals for a settlement, he said.
Europe must convince the Ukrainian authorities to accept Russia's terms in peace talks, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said, according to Libero Quatidiano.
“It is necessary to reach the world <…> as soon as possible. I believe that Europe should join forces to put forward a peace proposal for [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and the Ukrainians, trying to convince the Ukrainians to accept Putin's questions, — he said.
The day before, on May 19, the newspaper La Repubblica, citing the document, reported that Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio handed over Rome's proposals for a peaceful settlement in Ukraine to UN Secretary General António Guterres. Excerpts from the project, cited by the Huffington Post and Open Online, said the plan had four stages:
- ceasefire in Ukraine and demilitarization of the front line under UN supervision;
- negotiations on the status of Ukraine, which involve the country's accession to the EU, but not joining NATO;
- In turn, the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, at a briefing following the meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council on development issues, said that he supported the proposals of Rome, but noted that the final decision on the conditions of peaceful settlement must be accepted by Kyiv.
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