Peace Summit in Switzerland: Russia & China Out, Security Boosted

Moldova and 90 other countries are set to attend the upcoming peace summit in Switzerland. Russia declined the invitation, while China opted out of participating in the negotiations.

Moscow views the meeting as unproductive.

Swiss authorities are preparing for the summit and claim to have already detected a surge in cyberattacks and potential sabotage attempts targeting the conference.

Over 4,000 troops will be deployed to ensure security at the summit, which will be held this weekend at a resort in the Swiss Alps, near Lucerne. The cantonal police of Nidwalden are leading the security operation in collaboration with federal authorities and special services from Bern.

"The scale of this operation necessitates a broader approach than the cantonal police of Nidwalden can manage alone. Therefore, we have established a joint operation involving police forces from multiple cantons and regions. Due to security concerns, I cannot disclose the exact number of officers deployed from across Switzerland, but we have the unwavering support of the entire nation," stated Stephan Grieder, Head of Security Operations for the Cantonal Police.

Swiss Army Commander Daniel Keller acknowledged the pressure surrounding the event: "While I wouldn't say I'm nervous, there is certainly a sense of tension. Our military police are a highly trained and professional force, accustomed to operating with composure and strategic depth in challenging situations. We understand the critical role we play in ensuring a successful outcome, and I am confident in our ability to maintain control."

The Swiss Federal authorities confirmed a significant increase in cyberattacks. "Naturally, I cannot divulge specifics. However, the elevated risk associated with hosting a high-level international conference necessitates a comprehensive preparedness strategy," explained Swiss President Viola Amherd.

"Cyberattacks can also be employed to disrupt the smooth running of the conference. While I am not a cybersecurity expert, the recent surge in attacks suggests a deliberate attempt to undermine the success of the summit," remarked Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis.

Foreign Minister Cassis expressed his belief that Russia should eventually be included in the peace talks, despite European leaders' unsuccessful attempts to convince Chinese President Xi Jinping to participate in efforts to de-escalate tensions with Russia. China has declined the invitation to the Burgenstock conference.

Translation by Iurie Tataru

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