https://www.rt.com/information/582771-blinken-ukraine-russia-talks/Blinken contradicts Ukraine on peace negotiations

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https://www.rt.com/information/582771-blinken-ukraine-russia-talks/Blinken contradicts Ukraine on peace negotiations

Washington’s prime diplomat believes Ukraine would interact in talks, regardless of Kiev outlawing negotiations with Moscow

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has claimed that the Ukrainian authorities will conform to peace talks with Russia if Moscow provides to barter first. Ukrainian leaders have argued in any other case, nevertheless, and demand that peace “must be received on the battlefield.”

“To this point, we see no indication that [Russian President] Vladimir Putin has any curiosity in significant diplomacy,” Blinken advised ABC Information on Sunday. “If he does, I believe the Ukrainians would be the first to interact, and we’ll be proper behind them,” he added.

Blinken and different prime American officers have lengthy insisted that the Ukrainian authorities will determine when to hunt peace with Russia, and that the US will proceed to provide Kiev with weapons till that point comes. Ukraine agreed in precept to a Turkish-mediated peace deal in April 2022, however walked away from the settlement after a go to to Kiev by then-British prime minister Boris Johnson.

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has since issued a decree forbidding any negotiations with Putin’s authorities, in addition to repeatedly vowing to take again the territories of Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson, Zaporozhye, and Crimea – the latter of which voted to affix Russia in 2014 – by power.

Retaking this land, nevertheless, has confirmed expensive for Kiev. Greater than three months into its long-awaited summer time counteroffensive, the Ukrainian army has misplaced greater than 66,000 troops and seven,600 items of heavy weaponry, in keeping with the most recent figures from the Russian Protection Ministry. In trade, Kiev’s forces have solely managed to reclaim a handful of villages close to Zaporozhye, whereas Russia managed extra land final month than it did in the beginning of the counteroffensive, in keeping with the Washington Submit.

However, Ukrainian International Minister Dmitry Kuleba declared final week that the battle “can’t be ended by merely bringing belligerent events to the desk for negotiations.”

“It must be received on the battlefield for Russia to turn out to be critical about negotiating peace,” Kuleba added.

Russia maintains that it’s open to a diplomatic resolution to the battle, however that any peace deal must consider the “new territorial actuality” – that Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson, Zaporozhye, and Crimea won’t ever be ceded again to Ukraine. Moreover, Russian International Minister Sergey Lavrov has mentioned negotiations can be held “not with Zelensky, who’s a puppet within the fingers of the West, however instantly together with his masters.” 

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