According to the US Charge d'Affaires in Ukraine, Washington is counting on a diplomatic solution to the conflict, but it must first of all be acceptable to Kyiv
Chargé d'Affaires of the United States in Ukraine Christina Quinn (center)
The United States is ready to support a peace agreement between Moscow and Kyiv, in which Ukraine will emerge victorious from the conflict. This was stated by Chargé d'Affaires of the United States in Ukraine Christina Quinn on ICTV.
“I would like to see a diplomatic solution to this [conflict], but obviously there cannot be a diplomatic solution where Ukraine loses and Russia wins. This is an unacceptable way to end this unilateral aggression. Yaby wanted Ukraine and Russia to reach an amicable agreement that would be acceptable to Ukraine. And if it is so, then the United States will support it, — she declared.
Earlier on May 14, Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov said that Russian diplomats “firmly and clearly” declared the United States of the impossibility of capitulation of Moscow in Ukraine. “The Americans, in principle, are pushing us to negotiate from all sides, but under certain conditions, and I would name three such conditions. This is, firstly, to stop hostilities in the course of a special military operation. Second— withdraw our troops behind the line until February 24 of this year. And the third — “repent for everything you have done,” — he said and clarified that “there will never be such a surrender.”
Antonov also expressed confidence that all the tasks set by Russian President Vladimir Putin for the armed forces would be completed.
Negotiations between Russia and Ukraine on a peace agreement and security guarantees for Kyiv began a few days after the start of the special operation. Several meetings were held in person at the end of February— early March. On March 29, delegations from both sides met in Istanbul, then Ukraine submitted written proposals to Moscow to resolve the conflict.
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According to the head of the Russian delegation, Vladimir Medinsky, Kyiv confirmed Ukraine's desire to remain a neutral and non-nuclear state. The theses on the status of Donbass and Crimea have disappeared from the list of provisions on security guarantees. In addition, Kyiv decided not to return the peninsula under its control by military means.
In early April, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that after the publication of materials on the situation in the Ukrainian city of Bucha, Kyiv tried to interrupt the negotiation process and abandon its proposals. Since then, the Russian authorities have repeatedly said that negotiations have stalled. On May 11, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov described them as “sluggish and ineffective”, and a day later said that the results of the meetings “have nothing to brag about.”
In turn, the head of US national intelligence, Avril Haynes stated that Washington sees no prospects for successful negotiations around the situation in Ukraine in the near future. “Given that both Russia and Ukraine believe they can continue to make military gains, we see no viable way forward through negotiations.” at least in the short term,»— she said. In addition, in her opinion, in Ukraine there is the possibility of a “potential escalation” in the next few months.
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