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Privately, US encourages Ukraine to talk with Russia: TWP

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Reuters, Europe Press and The Independent

Newspaper La Jornada
Monday, November 7, 2022, p. 29

Washington. The administration of US President Joe Biden is privately encouraging Ukrainian leaders to signal openness to dialogue with Russia and drop their public refusal to engage in peace talks unless Russian President Vladimir Putin agrees. leave power, reported the newspaper Washington Post.

Unidentified sources familiar with the discussions said the US officials’ request was not aimed at pushing Ukraine to the negotiating table, but rather a calculated attempt to ensure that kyiv maintains the support of other nations facing voters wary of fueling a war for many years, the Post said.

Ukraine fatigue is a real thing for some of our partnersAn unnamed US official told the outlet. The discussions illustrate the complexity of the Biden administration’s position on Ukraine, with US officials publicly promising to support kyiv with huge sums of aid. for as long as necessaryas they await a resolution to the eight-month-old conflict that has taken a heavy toll on the world economy and sparks fears of nuclear war, the post.

US officials share their Ukrainian counterparts’ assessment that Putin is not taking the negotiations seriously for now, but acknowledged that Ukrainian President Volodymir Zelensky’s ban on talks with him raises concerns in parts of Europe, Africa and Latin America, where the effects of war on food and fuel costs are felt most acutely.

The White House National Security Council did not immediately comment when asked if the report was accurate, while a State Department spokesman responded: We have said it before and we will say it again: facts speak louder than words. If Moscow is willing to negotiate, it should stop its bombs and missiles and withdraw its forces from Ukraine..

Putin told his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, during a call, that the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki show that you don’t need to attack big cities to end the warreported The Independent.

Macron was clearly alarmed. It seemed like a very strong hint that Putin could detonate a tactical nuclear weapon in eastern Ukraine, leaving kyiv untouched. That seemed to be the thrust of his comments.said a French government source consulted by the DailyMail.

The date of the call was not given, but Macron has spoken with Putin several times during the war.

In September, Putin issued his clearest threat ever that he was willing to use nuclear weapons, saying they would be used All the means to defend the territory of Russia.

He also claimed that the United States had created a precedent at the end of World War II when it dropped atomic bombs on Japan.

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