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reuters | Switzerland flags cyberattacks, disinformation ahead of Ukraine summit, 10 June
Ninety states and organisations have registered to take part in the talks due to be held at a resort near the central city of Lucerne from June 15-16, roughly half of them from South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Switzerland said. Russia has not been invited, but the Swiss government said the talks aimed to "jointly define a roadmap" on how to involve both it and Ukraine in a future peace process.

Swiss President Viola Amherd told a press conference cyber attacks had increased in recent weeks and was asked how her government was addressing personal attacks against her in Russian media that have been publicised in Switzerland.

"We haven't summoned the ambassador," she said. "That's how I wanted it, because the disinformation campaign is so extreme that one can see that little of it reflects reality."
Roughly half the countries taking part will be represented by heads of state or government, Switzerland said.

The summit is due to conclude with a final declaration, "ideally" one backed unanimously, [FM Foreign Minister Ignazio] Cassis said. It also aims to set out what the next step would be in the peace process. When asked who might succeed Switzerland in the next phase, Cassis said he could not give details, but noted efforts were underway for something "outside the western part of the world". Doing so could boost inclusion of the "Global South and Arabian countries" in the process, he said.

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