Russia says peace possible if Ukraine stops fighting
by AFP Staff Writers
Moscow (AFP) Aug 7, 2023
Russia said Monday a peace settlement with Ukraine was only possible if Kyiv put down its arms, after talks were held in Saudi Arabia over the weekend without Moscow’s participation.
Representatives from around 40 countries including China, India, the United States and Ukraine took part in the peace summit, which was held in Jeddah.
Russia, which was not invited, said that a resolution was possible if Ukraine “stopped the hostilities and terrorist attacks” and if Western countries stopped arms supplies to Kyiv.
It also called on Ukraine to cede its occupied territories to Moscow.
“The original foundations of Ukraine’s sovereignty — its neutral, non-aligned and non-nuclear status — must be confirmed,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement.
Over a year into Moscow’s campaign in Ukraine, Kyiv’s forces were pressing ahead with their long-awaited offensive to retake occupied territory.
Four Syria soldiers killed in Israeli strikes near Damascus
Damascus (AFP) Aug 7, 2023
Four Syrian soldiers were killed and four others wounded in Israeli air strikes near the capital Damascus early Monday, state media said, citing a military source.
“At 2:20 am (2320 GMT Sunday), the Israeli enemy carried out an air attack from the direction of the occupied Syrian Golan, targeting areas in the vicinity of Damascus,” state news agency SANA reported.
The attack killed “four soldiers and wounded four others”, it said, reporting unspecified material damage and adding that Syrian air … read more
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