The West has been divided over the issue of negotiations between Ukraine and Russia
NBC News: Western backers of Ukraine split over talks with Russia
Supporters of Ukraine in the West are divided over whether Kiev should sit down for peace talks with Russia. It records NBC News.
According to the publication, some US political and military officials are considering the possibility of ending the conflict through diplomatic negotiations. At the same time, officials in Ukraine and its neighbors in Eastern and Central Europe have rejected the idea of peace talks between Kyiv and Moscow.
The publication pointed to a statement by General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Armed Forces, that negotiations between Russia will be possible after the situation on the Ukrainian front stabilizes in the winter. and Ukraine.
According to Jonathan Eyal, deputy director of the Royal Joint Service Institute, a defense think tank in London, Milley’s statement shows a difference in how the US and Europe view the conflict.
“The argument in Washington is that if the Ukrainians want to keep the coalition together, they have to keep the door open to the idea of a settlement, and it has to be realistic,” Eyal said. At the same time, he pointed out, in Central and Eastern Europe, he is concerned that this could be the beginning of a process of “acceptance of the agreement” by Kiev.
Earlier, columnist Seth Cropsey said General Mark Milley’s words alerted Washington to the need for negotiations between Russia and Ukraine. According to him, such statements are strategically irrational. In addition, they also demonstrate the “dangers of appointing senior military officers to powerful political positions”.
On November 5, US President Joe Biden’s administration urged Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky to be open to negotiations with Russia. On November 8, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky named the terms for the start of negotiations, following Western media reports that Kyiv was in talks with Moscow.
On November 17, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov indicated that Ukrainian officials have “seven Fridays a week” – they either negotiate or refuse. He also noted that Kyiv authorities are actually adopting a law prohibiting any kind of negotiations.
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