| 17 April 2024, Wednesday |

Top Biden aide to Denmark for international talks on Ukraine

Jake Sullivan, the national security advisor to US President Joe Biden, is flying to Denmark this weekend to attend a summit about Ukraine, which may include several countries that have declined to denounce the invasion.

Ukraine is organizing the meetings in Copenhagen “to discuss basic principles of peace,” a US official said on Friday.

India, South Africa and Brazil were among the countries invited but it was unclear yet whether they were attending, a source familiar with the matter said. India and South Africa have not condemned the invasion. Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in April condemned the violation of Ukraine’s territorial integrity by Russia and again called for mediation to end the war.

Western countries that back the war have also been invited.

The U.S. official said Ukraine invited a variety of countries and Denmark agreed to host the meeting in Copenhagen. It will include national security advisers and political directors from various countries invited.

The session is considered an informal gathering and not a formal summit. No specific outcomes or joint communiques are expected to come out of it.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, currently on a state visit to Washington, discussed the Ukraine war with U.S. President Joe Biden in talks on Thursday. His country has been reliant on Russian oil.

A joint statement from the two leaders said Biden and Modi expressed their “deep concern over the conflict in Ukraine and mourned its terrible and tragic humanitarian consequences.”

“Both countries further pledge to render continuing humanitarian assistance to the people of Ukraine. They called for respect for international law, principles of the UN charter, and territorial integrity and sovereignty. Both countries concurred on the importance of post-conflict reconstruction in Ukraine,” their statement said.

  • Reuters