Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi he counted on New Delhi’s support for his 10-point peace plan to end the war with Russia. As Europe’s deadliest conflict since World War II enters its eleventh month, both sides have been urged to end hostilities through dialogue and diplomacy. Now that Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed his willingness to come to the talks table, here’s what Zelensky has proposed :
- Radiation Protection & Nuclear Safety: Russia’s nuclear arsenal stoked concerns amid the war, but the worst fears revolved around the fate of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in
Zaporizhiain southern Ukraine. The factory, now under Russian control and in shutdown mode for months, is uncomfortable in an area where it has often been the victim of intensive bombing. Zelenskyy demands demilitarization and guarantees against attacks on Zaporizhzhia and other Ukrainian nuclear power plants.
- Food safety: A war-triggered global food crisis led to an “unprecedented agreement”, brokered in July by the UN and Turkey, to allow Ukraine to export its agricultural products from Black Sea ports via a protected corridor. But the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which also allows Russian food and fertilizers to reach world markets, is an ad hoc measure that must be renewed every 120 days. Therefore, Ukraine is looking for a durable solution to allow it to safely ship agricultural shipments without the need to enter into periodic agreements with Moscow.
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