The Kremlin refuses to comment on Ukraine’s announced talks with Biden’s aide

The Kremlin refuses to comment on Ukraine’s announced talks with Biden’s aide

Nov 7 (Reuters) – The Kremlin on Monday declined to comment on a Wall Street Journal report that Washington held undisclosed talks with top Russian officials about avoiding a further escalation in the war in Ukraine.

According to the report, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan spoke with President Vladimir Putin’s aides in hopes of reducing the risk of the war in Ukraine spilling over or escalating into a nuclear conflict.

“We have nothing to say about this publication,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

He also declined to comment on a Washington Post report that the United States had privately encouraged Ukraine to signal that it was open to talks with Russia, after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky rejected talks while Putin was in power.

“Well, we don’t know if that’s the case or not,” Peskov said.

“Once again, there are some true reports, but mostly there are reports that are pure speculation,” he said.

He added that Russia remains “open” to talks, but is unable to negotiate with Kiev due to Kiev’s refusal to hold talks with Russia.

Several high-level contacts between US and Russian officials have been made public in recent months as Washington has insisted that any talks on ending the war in Ukraine take place between Moscow and Kiev.

Reuters reporting. Editing by Gareth Jones

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