The role of the Global South in Ukraine’s peace formula talks has come into focus in the lead-up to Davos. Many of the non-aligned countries from Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia that have largely stayed on the sidelines over Ukraine will be represented in the Swiss mountain resort.
The EU official said the Global South partners had generally expressed empathy with the fate of Ukrainians. Some highlighted the need for engaging with Russia’s concerns.
Yermak said nobody had asked him about any compromise over territory during Sunday’s meeting.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was not at Sunday’s meeting. But Cassis said he would appear at the summit and there would be opportunities for diplomats to speak to him.
Zelenskyy was represented by his chief of staff Andriy Yermak, who said there were participants from 18 Asian countries, 12 African countries and 6 South American countries.
“Countries from the Global South are increasingly involved in our work,” Yermak said earlier on his Telegram account.
Ukraine, with strong backing from its allies, has consistently said it will not give up until it has reclaimed every piece of territory that Russia has taken.
It is unclear, however, if countries in the Global South agree with that as a peace formula.
Nigeria’s national security adviser Nuhu Ribadu told Reuters that the African oil producer stood by Zelenskyy’s side, saying it will deal with the consequences of rising food prices.
The talks were also attended by the US special representative for Ukraine’s Economic Recovery Penny Pritzker, as well as James O’Brien, the US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs.
As concerns grow about ongoing US support for the war in Ukraine during an election year, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and Secretary of State Antony Blinken are both expected to address the WEF, which officially starts on Monday evening.
Zelenskyy’s 10-point peace plan calls for the withdrawal of Russian troops and cessation of hostilities and the restoration of Ukraine’s state borders with Russia.