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Zelenskyy attends Argentina's Presidential inauguration, hopes to win Global South support

Zelenskyy went to Argentina for the inauguration of the new president, Javier Milei
Zelenskyy went to Argentina for the inauguration of the new president, Javier Milei

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's visit to Buenos Aires to attend the Dec. 10 inauguration of Argentina's new libertarian economist president, Javier Milei, is focused on gaining support from the Global South in its war with Russia, Reuters reported.

This is Zelensky's first trip to Latin America.

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On his way to Argentina, Zelenskyy met with the prime minister of the West African state of Cape Verde, José Ulisses de Pina Correia e Silva, and thanked him for "condemning Russian aggression" and supporting Ukrainian initiatives.

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Zelenskyy hopes to convene a global summit on a 10-point peace formula, an idea he first proposed  at last year’s UN General Assembly. The formula includes, among other things, the restoration of Ukraine's territorial integrity, the withdrawal of Russian troops, the release of all prisoners, a tribunal for those responsible for aggression, and security guarantees for the country.

Read also: Ukraine looks to Latin America for improved relations

Kyiv has been trying to establish ties with governments in Africa, Asia and Latin America, but support for Israel has proven to be at odds with the positions of some of these countries.

The inaugural visit may also provide an opportunity for Zelenskyy to meet with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban to resolve differences over Ukraine's EU membership bid, Ukrainian media speculated. The decision on whether to start negotiations with Ukraine and Moldova will be made at an upcoming EU summit on Dec. 14-15, and Orban has previously repeatedly spoken out against starting negotiations at this time.

Kyiv is trying to arrange a convenient time for Zelenskyy to meet with Orban, the head of the President’s Office, Andriy Yermak, said recently.

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