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Saudi Arabia to host Ukraine-Russia peace talks in coming weeks: Report

Senior officials from up to 30 countries are expected to attend the Jeddah meetings, set to take place early August
Saudi Arabia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud (L) speaks during joint press conference with Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak (C) and Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba (R) in Kyiv on 26 February (AFP/File photo)

Saudi Arabia is set to host talks in August about Ukraine, inviting western states, Ukraine and major developing countries including India and Brazil, according to a Wall Street Journal report. 

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The meeting would bring senior officials from up to 30 countries, including Indonesia, Egypt, Mexico, Chile and Zambia, to Jeddah on 5 and 6 August, the report said, citing diplomats involved in the discussion.

Ukraine and western officials hope that the talks, which exclude Russia, can lead to international backing for peace terms favoring Ukraine, it said.

The Kremlin, which claims to have annexed around a sixth of Ukraine, has said it views peace talks with Ukraine as possible only if Kyiv accepts "new realities", a reference to its territorial claims. Kyiv says negotiations with Russia would be possible only after Moscow withdraws its troops.

Among the invited countries, it is not yet clear how many will attend, although countries that took part in a similar round of talks in Copenhagen in June are expected to do so again, the report said.

Britain, South Africa, Poland and the EU are among those that have confirmed attendance, and the US national security adviser Jake Sullivan is expected to be there, it added.

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