Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is said to have reduced his conditions to sit down at the negotiating table with Russia to end the war, after “days of talks between Kyiv and Washington”, the Ukrainian daily Kyiv Post wrote on Thursday. quoted by EFE.
Volodymyr ZelenskyPhoto: ABACA / Abaca Press / Profimedia
The Ukrainian publication writes that the administration of US President Joe Biden has managed to secure flexibility in terms from the leader of Kyiv when it comes to negotiating peace with Russia.
On what condition would Zelensky have given up to negotiate with Russia?
Zelenskiy has always made it known, until now, that he will not negotiate with Russia as long as Vladimir Putin is in power: “Ukraine will not negotiate with Russia as long as Putin is the President of the Russian Federation” . Indeed, as early as October 4, the Ukrainian president signed a decree declaring “impossible” the prospect of any negotiation between Kyiv and the head of the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin.
The Kyiv Post, quoting two officials familiar with the matter, recalls that on November 6, Zelenski said he was open to “sincere discussions” with Russia. To do this, Zelenskiy formulated a series of other conditions, some of which are already known, such as the restoration of the territorial integrity of Ukraine, the punishment of war criminals and war reparations.
However, contrary to previous announcements, Zelenskiy “omitted” to mention the condition that Putin must be removed from office before such negotiations can take place, the Ukrainian daily noted, writes Agerpres, citing EFE.
The move reportedly came after “days of negotiations between Kyiv and Washington” that included a meeting last week of White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan with Zelenski in the Ukrainian capital.
A senior Ukrainian administration official told the Kyiv Post that although the Americans did not explicitly “order” Zelensky and his allies in Ukraine to change their approach, they did let Kyiv know that they were to show “more enthusiasm to end the conflict in a friendly and wise manner”. “The idea is to demonstrate on the international stage, once again, that Ukraine, and not Russia, is the party that seeks peace,” the quoted source added.
“That doesn’t mean that (the Ukrainians) have to sit down at the negotiating table right now. We don’t even consider it the right time, depending on what Russia is doing. But they have to show the will to resolve the conflict, because no one is more interested than Ukraine in ending this conflict,” said the official quoted by the Ukrainian newspaper and who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The Kyiv Post also recalled that, in recent days, contacts between Ukrainian officials and their Ukrainian and Russian counterparts have been confirmed “in an effort to calm tensions and avoid mistakes” in this war, launched by Russia on 24 february.
“Ukrainian fatigue is a real problem for some of our partners”
The Washington Post writes that the US administration of Democratic President Joe Biden has privately asked Ukraine to be publicly open to negotiations with Russia and to abandon its refusal to dialogue with that country until the Russian President Vladimir Putin.
According to the American newspaper, which cites sources close to the internal discussions, this request from Washington is not intended to force kyiv to sit down at the negotiating table. Rather than a form of pressure on Ukraine, this strategy would seek to ensure that the Ukrainian executive retains the support it needs from other nations, which are suffering from the war in Ukraine through inflation and growth. constant energy prices, according to The Washington Post.
U.S. and Ukrainian officials have acknowledged that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s refusal to negotiate with Putin has raised concerns in parts of Europe, Africa and Latin America, where the effects of war on food and fuel prices are felt the most, writes the quoted newspaper.
On Friday, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan, visiting Kyiv, said that all heavily industrialized G7 countries (the United States, Germany, Canada, France, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom) “want peace”. be seen from their latest joint statement.
- “From our perspective, the conversation we need to have within the international community and around support for Ukraine is what are the terms of a lasting and just peace,” Sullivan said, according to a transcript. sent to EFE on Saturday.
Sullivan also reiterated that the United States will not accept Russia remaining with the territories it wrested from Ukraine by force or through so-called referendums that have been questioned by the community. international.
On Wednesday, U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley reinforced Washington’s message that Ukraine and Russia must begin negotiations to end the war, saying that perhaps “victory cannot be obtained by military means”.