US skeptical of Putin's willingness to negotiate with Ukraine – NYT

US skeptical of Putin's statement on talks

In an interview with the odious American journalist Tucker Carlson, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin said that he was supposedly ready to resolve the war against Ukraine through diplomatic means. At the same time, the chief war criminal of the Russian Federation said that the US government should "stop and sit down at the negotiating table."

However, the White House is skeptical about Putin's willingness to negotiate with Ukraine. This was reported by The New York Times.

It is worth noting that this is not the first time the Kremlin leader has expressed his willingness to negotiate a war against Ukraine. However, Western politicians have long been skeptical of Putin's statements.

At the same time, analysts emphasized that the Russian dictator gave his first interview to a representative of the American media after the full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Therefore, the call for negotiations has an additional resonance.

The US presidential administration assures that it is not putting pressure on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to start negotiations with Putin. At the same time, U.S. officials have made it clear that military assistance to the Ukrainian Armed Forces will not increase in 2024, so the Ukrainian army will have to defend its current positions rather than recapture the occupied territories.

US officials have previously stated that Putin is not going to negotiate until after the US presidential election in November 2024. The Kremlin leader wants the odious politician Donald Trump to return to the White House and offer more favorable conditions for Russia.

Some Western officials believe that Putin is trying to influence the domestic Russian audience when he talks about his alleged intention to end the war through negotiations. This version is supported, in particular, by the results of opinion polls, according to which citizens of the terrorist country allegedly want the war to end as soon as possible through negotiations.

Another target of Putin's words about his alleged readiness for negotiations could be the countries of the global south – South America and Asia, including India and South Africa. These countries do not have a unified opinion on the Russian-Ukrainian war, but most of them have suffered from the war's rise in energy and food prices.

Analysts also warn that Putin may be willing to make some concessions for the sake of a peace deal that would leave Russia with a foothold in eastern Ukraine. But in the future, Russia will use the occupied territory as a basis for further aggression against Ukraine.

As a reminder, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also spoke about peace talks with Ukraine and his readiness to "listen to all those interested in justice." He said that the Kremlin is allegedly ready to discuss any serious proposal that would guarantee the "national interests of the Russian Federation" first and foremost.

Earlier, Putin issued another nonsense about the breakdown of negotiations between Russia and Ukraine at the beginning of a full-scale war. The dictator heaped accusations on the West, claiming that if it weren't for "these assholes," the Kremlin would have "finished everything long ago."

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