(Bloomberg) — Argentina agreed to host a summit with Latin American leaders early next year as President Volodymyr Zelenskiy seeks to win support from the so-called Global South in the war with Russia, Ukraine said.
Zelenskiy discussed the summit with Argentina’s new president, Javier Milei, on Sunday in Buenos Aires, Ihor Zhovkva, the Ukrainian leader’s deputy chief of staff for foreign affairs, said in a phone interview. Milei’s press office declined to comment.
“We had a substantial conversation,” Zhovkva said. “We discussed lots of things from Ukraine’s peace formula to bilateral cooperation.”
Ukraine’s president has sought to build international support for a framework for potential peace talks and a lasting deal, though prospects have dimmed as Kyiv’s counteroffensive grinds to a standstill and signals emerge that once-enthusiastic support from allies is waning.
Zelenskiy left Argentina for the US, where he plans to rally support as President Joe Biden’s request for military assistance is stalled in Congress.
Zelenskiy made the nearly 13,000-kilometer (8,000-mile) trip to Buenos Aires to attend Milei’s inauguration and met with counterparts from Ecuador, Uruguay and Paraguay. He also had a brief exchange with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban to try to persuade him to drop his objections to moving forward Ukraine’s accession talks with the European Union.