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Sweden supports Ukraine’s peace plan


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy drew up a 10-point plan for just and long-lasting peace, which was presented at the end of 2022. Since then, Sweden has clearly expressed strong support for Ukraine’s efforts to achieve peace, with international law as a central pillar. The Government is also actively contributing to the ongoing efforts to realise the peace plan.

Based on respect for international law and the UN Charter’s principles on territorial integrity and sovereignty, the peace plan has received major global support and is currently the only peace initiative being discussed internationally.

Sweden supports Ukraine’s peace plan

Responsibility for ending the war lies heavily with Russia. Russia can choose at any time to withdraw its troops from Ukrainian territory. It is also essential that Ukraine – a democratic and peaceful country that has been subjected to unprovoked, brutal aggression – not be pressured into concessions that undermine respect for the UN Charter’s most fundamental rules and principles.  For this reason, Sweden has consistently stressed the importance of a forthcoming peace being based on Ukraine’s terms. 

Working groups advancing peace plan implementation

Ukraine has established working groups focused on implementing the 10 points of the peace plan, and it has held a number of international meetings of national security advisors – in Jedda, on Malta and in Davos. International support for Ukraine’s efforts has grown, and more than 80 countries were represented at the most recent meeting in Davos. 

Sweden co-chairs working group on radiation and nuclear safety 

Sweden takes part in several working groups focused on achieving the points of the peace plan, including the justice working group, the working group on the environmental consequences of the war and the working group on prevention of escalation and stopping Russia’s aggression. In October 2023, Sweden joined as co-chair of the working group on radiation and nuclear safety. The other co-chairs are Czechia, France and Japan. 

The working group’s efforts are primarily aimed at improving radiation and nuclear safety in Ukraine, which has been negatively impacted as a result of Russia’s war of aggression. Russia has exposed the Ukrainian people to major risks through attacks on areas in the immediate vicinity of Ukrainian nuclear power plants.

This is a field where Sweden has extensive experience and cooperation between Sweden and Ukraine has been well-established for many years, including through the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority. Sweden has also provided support to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) work to improve nuclear safety in Ukraine. As co-chair, it is Sweden’s task to coordinate work within the working group, provide expertise and contribute to implementation of these overall efforts. 

Ukraine’s 10-point peace plan

1. Radiation and nuclear safety
2. Food security
3. Energy security
4. Release of all prisoners and deportees
5. Implementation of the UN Charter and restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity and the world order
6. Withdrawal of Russian troops and cessation of hostilities
7. Justice
8. Immediate protection of the environment
9. Prevention of escalation
10. Confirmation of the end of the war