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Ukraine’s Zelensky arrives in Singapore hoping to gain support from Asian countries

SINGAPORE – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky arrived in Singapore on June 1, as he seeks to rally broader support for his country, which is facing a new attack two years after the Russian invasion.

Forum organizers confirmed that Zelensky is scheduled to speak at the seventh plenary session of the Shangri-La Dialogue on June 2, titled “Reimagining Solutions for Global Peace and Regional Stability.” Singapore Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen and Malaysia Defense Minister Mohamed Khaled Nordin will speak at the same session.

A well-placed source told The Straits Times that the Ukrainian delegation hopes to meet the Chinese delegation led by Defense Minister Dong Jun in Singapore.

“He meets with Americans and Europeans all the time, so he would like to use this forum to reach out to the Asian community,” the source said.

Asked whether Admiral Dong would agree to meet Zelensky, Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian said: “I don’t answer hypothetical questions.”

The Ukrainian president has been trying to pressure countries to support a peace summit in Switzerland on June 15-16, where he hopes to gain broad international support for his vision of the terms needed to end the conflict. Russian war.

Russia has made clear that it will not participate in the high-level conference and China has said it would be “difficult” for it to attend if Russia does not participate.

Meanwhile, Indonesian Defense Minister and President-elect Prabowo Subianto did not give a firm answer when asked at the Shangri-La Dialogue on June 1 whether Indonesia would send a high-level delegation to the summit. He responded that he is not yet president of Indonesia and that he does not have the authority to make the decision.

Zelensky arrived at the Shangri-La hotel on Orange Grove Road shortly before 6 p.m.

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