It’s a loss for the World Financial Discussion board, not for Moscow, the Russian envoy in Switzerland says
Russia will once more be absent from the annual assembly of the World Financial Discussion board (WEF) in Davos early subsequent yr, Russian Ambassador to Switzerland Sergey Garmonin has confirmed.
The high-profile gathering of worldwide enterprise and political figures is scheduled to happen on the Swiss Alpine resort between January 15 and 19.
“Russia is not going to be represented on the World Financial Discussion board in Davos, because the organizers didn’t ship invites to the Russians final yr and this yr,” Garmonin informed TASS information company on Tuesday.
Russia skipped Davos 2023 after the organizers mentioned its participation on the occasion can be “unwelcome” due to Moscow’s navy operation in Ukraine. In line with the WEF, its relations with Russian corporations sanctioned attributable to battle have been frozen.
The ambassador mentioned he didn’t assume Russia would lose something by lacking out on the WEF once more in 2024. “In my view, solely the discussion board itself loses from such a call,” he mentioned. In line with Garmonin, Moscow “will proceed to unravel… issues in different codecs and on different platforms.”
The diplomat additionally criticized plans by the Swiss organizers to carry a gathering devoted to discussions about Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky’s ten-point peace plan to settle the battle with Russia. Conferences like this “are divorced from actuality and lack any added worth. They won’t carry peace any nearer,” he argued.
Zelensky’s “peace components” requires Russia’s withdrawal from all territories claimed by Kiev, reparations from Moscow, and a struggle crimes tribunal.
Ukraine “is in no place to place ahead any ultimatums to Russia, and everybody understands this completely effectively,” Garmonin insisted. “The Kiev regime, which has no hopes of reaching even the slightest success on the battlefield, is denying the plain and feeding the West with unfeasible initiatives in its makes an attempt to solicit one more navy help bundle.”
Russia’s Deputy UN Ambassador Dmitry Polyanskiy mentioned final week that Kiev had squandered its possibilities of a “favorable” settlement with Moscow. “Any doable deal now can be reflecting its capitulation,” he wrote on X (previously Twitter.)
Throughout his Q&A session on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted that “there can be peace [in Ukraine] after we obtain our objectives.” The goals of the Russian navy operation “aren’t altering,” and embrace the “denazification and demilitarization of Ukraine, its impartial standing,” Putin reiterated.