President: 'We Witness the Resurgence of Russian Imperialism, Putin Wants to Set the World on Fire'

Written by Henrik Rothen

Jan.18 - 2024 9:09 AM CET

'We Witness the Resurgence of Russian Imperialism, Putin Wants to Set the World on Fire'

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Polish President Andrzej Duda, speaking in Davos, emphasized that 30 years after the fall of the USSR, we are witnessing a resurgence of Russian imperialism, with Vladimir Putin determined to inflame the world.

This statement was made during Duda's speech at the Ukrainian Breakfast as part of the World Economic Forum.

"Putin is trying to violently destroy the values of the free world, such as dignity and freedom," said Duda according to Polish outlet, plp.

The Ukrainian Breakfast was organized by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation.

Duda's remarks at the forum reflect the ongoing concerns about Russia's aggressive stance and actions, particularly in the context of the war in Ukraine, which he described as the biggest conflict in Europe since the end of World War II.

What's happening in Davos?

In Davos, Switzerland, a significant gathering is taking place where leaders are discussing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s peace formula. This meeting marks the fourth national security advisers' conference, focusing on setting the groundwork for Russia's potential future involvement in peace talks, a goal that currently seems distant as the war in Ukraine continues.

Zelenskyy's 10-point peace formula includes demands like the expulsion of all Russian forces from Ukraine and accountability for war crimes, ideas Moscow outright rejects. The talks also aim to discuss issues such as Russian withdrawal, paths to justice, environmental security, and ultimately, how the war might be declared over. However, achieving a peace deal requires Russian participation, and Moscow is currently not part of these discussions.

The Davos talks, co-hosted by Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis, aim to prepare for a time when Russia might join peace discussions. Cassis acknowledged the challenges but stressed the importance of reducing the conflict's intensification. The talks underline the complexity of the situation and the distant yet hopeful prospects for peace in Ukraine.

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