The US is calling on Kyiv to show Russia that it is open to talks

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The US is calling on Kyiv to show Russia that it is open to talks

Citing sources familiar with the matter, whom it did not name, the newspaper explained that the American exhortation is not intended to force the Ukrainian government to sit at the negotiating table.

Joe Biden’s administration is privately encouraging Ukraine’s political leadership to show it is open to negotiations with Russia and to back off its public refusal to hold peace talks unless Russian President Vladimir Putin steps down, it said yesterday. Saturday the Washington Post.

Citing sources familiar with the matter, whom it did not name, the newspaper explained that the American exhortation is not intended to force the Ukrainian government to sit at the negotiating table. Rather, it is a calculated move aimed at Kyiv maintaining the support of other countries, where public opinion worries that it is fueling the conflict that will last for years.

As always, the talks show how complicated the Biden administration’s position is on Ukraine. Publicly, US officials have vowed that Washington will continue to offer huge sums of money to get military equipment to Kyiv for “as long as it takes”, but at the same time the US administration would like to see the war come to an end, as it has caused so much damage to the world economy, while it has fueled fears of the use of nuclear weapons.

The Post also notes that U.S. officials share the assessment of their Ukrainian counterparts that Mr. Putin is not currently seriously considering negotiating, but acknowledge that Volodymyr Zelensky’s refusal to even talk with him has heightened concerns in European countries, of Africa and Latin America which are most affected by rising food and fuel costs.

“Ukraine fatigue is a real issue for some of our partners,” an unnamed US official admitted to the newspaper.

The White House National Security Council and the State Department did not immediately respond when Reuters asked them to comment on the paper’s report.

The National Security Adviser of the US presidency, Jake Sullivan, assured during his visit to Kyiv on Friday that US support for Ukraine will continue regardless of the outcome of the mid-term elections held the day after tomorrow, Tuesday.

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