John Kirby, strategic communications coordinator at the White House National Security Council, said that the decision on peace talks on the Ukrainian conflict should be made by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, he said at a briefing on February 10.
“It is up to President Zelenskiy to determine whether negotiations are appropriate, and if so, under what circumstances. As the president has said countless times [США Джо] Biden: “Nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine”, Kirby commented on the words of the President of Brazil Luis Inacio Lula da Silvawho said that he intends to discuss with the leaders of Russia, China, Indonesia, India and the United States the need to achieve peace in Ukraine.
The representative of the American department also noted that Washington will support Zelensky when and if he decides to negotiate with Russia.
On the same day, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya said that Russia is ready to consider proposals for negotiations with Ukraine, taking into account the realities and position of Moscow. He stressed that the Russian side does not see any prerequisites for negotiations, and Kyiv is not interested in them.
As a Kremlin spokesman pointed out in late January Dmitry Peskov, President Joe Biden can end the conflict in Ukraine fairly quickly, if he wants, by giving instructions to the Kyiv regime. However, according to him, the American leader does not want to use this key, but, on the contrary, chooses the path of further pumping weapons into Ukraine.
The last face-to-face round of negotiations between the Russian Federation and Ukraine took place on March 29, 2022 in Turkey. In October of the same year, Kyiv officially renounced contacts with Moscow. Then President Volodymyr Zelensky enforced the decision of the National Security and Defense Council on the impossibility of holding negotiations with the Russian leader. Vladimir Putin.