US President says US-Russia talks are possible if talks end Ukraine war
Peace talks with Russian forces in Ukraine could be used by Russian President Vladimir Putin as an interval to strengthen the armed forces before launching another attack. This was stated by the British minister in an interview with the “Daily Telegraph”, reported Reuters.
James Cleverley expressed his concern that the Russian president may pretend to be involved in negotiations while actually training additional troops and sending additional ammunition, the publication said.
There is a risk that the ceasefire will actually be used by Putin to train more soldiers, produce more ammunition and re-equip and rearm Russian troops, Cleverley said in the interview, quoted by Reuters.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden has said that a conversation between the presidents of the United States and Russia is possible if it would lead to an end to the war in Ukraine. The American president admitted this for the first time since the beginning of the conflict in Europe at a press conference at the White House after his meeting on Thursday with the French president. Emmanuel Macron is on a state visit to the US with his wife.
“Let me choose my words very carefully. I’m willing to talk to Putin if he actually decides he has an interest in ending the war. I don’t see any such indications yet,” Biden said. He indicated that the only way to end the conflict in Ukraine is for Putin to withdraw his army.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quick to stress that Putin remains open to peace talks, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have certain conditions. In this context, Peskov assured that Russia will not withdraw from Ukraine.
Putin’s voice also commented that Biden’s conditions for withdrawal make negotiations to end the conflict essentially impossible. Peskov added that the US refusal to recognize the “new Russian territories” further complicates the compromise.