Western countries privately discuss possible peace terms between Russia and Ukraine, informs The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), citing informed sources.
According to the publication, almost all leaders and high-ranking officials avoid public statements that could limit Kyiv.
It is noted that today United States and their allies do not see much prospect of ending the conflict in Ukraine through negotiations, “given the high stakes on both sides for their victory.”
At the same time, the newspaper writes, European countries are determined to continue to provide economic and military assistance to Kyiv.
Calls for negotiations
At the same time, the White House insists that the Ukrainian side publicly refuse to participate in peace negotiations while Russia is headed by Vladimir Putin, writes the edition. It is noted that such a policy is aimed not at pushing Kyiv to negotiations, but at “preserving moral dignity in the eyes of its international supporters.”
At the end of October reportedthat the Federal President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier during a trip to Ukraine must insist that Zelensky immediately began negotiations for a peace treaty. Tino Krupalla, co-chair of the right-wing opposition Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, said that after this, the German politician should meet with the Russian leader in Moscow Vladimir Putin for further dialogue.
Member of the US House of Representatives Paul Gozar, in turn, invited Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky to hold talks in Arizona. Gozar invited politicians to the capital of Arizona – City of Phoenix for peace negotiations.
According to him, politicians will be able to “start a dialogue to de-escalate nuclear tensions, end the war and end the death and destruction that has taken over your countries.” Gozar said that he has the mandate of a peacekeeping mission UN and counts on the support of the organization.
At the same time, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier declaredthat Ukraine should decide on its own whether to negotiate a ceasefire. “You can’t decide for Ukraine. (…) Ukraine must say when it wants such negotiations and considers them promising,” the politician urged.
Vladimir Putin declaredthat Russia’s good will in negotiations with Ukraine is known and is not subject to any changes. He noted that Kyiv is currently not seeking to discuss possible agreements.
“Well, we’ll wait. Maybe some necessary conditions will ripen,” the President stressed. The Russian leader recalled that in order to reach agreements, it is necessary to “sit down at the negotiating table and negotiate.”
Kremlin official Dmitry Peskov said that Russia is ready to ensure its interests at the negotiating table with Ukraine, but Kyiv does not want this. The press secretary of the head of state also noted that Kyiv refused to negotiate with Russia by decree Washington.
Commenting on the latest talks between the Russian and Ukrainian delegations in Istanbul’s Dolmabahce Palace, Peskov stressed that Moscow cannot claim that there are “serious breakthroughs” in the negotiation process.