The New York Times published the alleged draft peace agreement between Ukraine and Russia from 2022

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In a draft 2022 peace accord that was never signed, Ukraine and Russia agreed to exclude Crimea from the treaty, leaving it under Russian jurisdiction, and for Ukraine not to recognize Russian sovereignty over the peninsula, the New York Times reported today. ".

Russia and Ukraine held failed peace talks in Belarus and Turkey in the first months of the 2022 war, and no direct talks have taken place between the two warring parties since.

The US newspaper today published the first alleged draft of the 2022 peace deal as Switzerland hosts a global peace summit on Ukraine, attended by about 100 countries, excluding Russia.

- The participants hope to create a joint peace plan that they could present to the Russian representative at the next meeting - writes the New York Times.

The Wall Street Journal published the terms of the 2022 truce back in March, but the New York Times published the full 17-page draft.

According to that draft, the status of Ukraine's territories occupied by Russia was to be decided at later talks between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Ukraine agreed to give up aspirations to join NATO or any other military alliance, but the deal allowed Kiev to enter the EU.

Russia also demanded the lifting of all Western sanctions, the repeal of all Ukrainian laws related to the Russian language and national identity, and the limitation of Ukrainian armed forces.

The New York Times states that the biggest obstacle was related to security guarantees under which powers such as Great Britain, the United States, China and France would defend Ukraine if it were attacked.

Russian officials have reportedly claimed veto power over those guarantees, meaning Russia could block international intervention if Moscow itself decides to launch another military operation in Ukraine.

-Due to this request, the Ukrainian team allegedly "had no interest in continuing the negotiations", a Ukrainian official told the American newspaper.

 

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