US privately asks Ukraine to drop public rejection of peace talks with Russia: Washington Post

US privately asks Ukraine to drop public rejection of peace talks with Russia: Washington Post

The United States has privately asked Ukraine to drop its public rejection of peace talks with Russia and signal a willingness to engage in negotiations as the war in Ukraine drags into its ninth month. The Washington Post registered.

The move is reportedly a strategic effort by the US to ensure continued support for Kiev, the Post said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky initially expressed readiness for negotiations at the beginning of the war. However, after Russian President Vladimir Putin formally annexed four regions of Ukraine at the end of September, Zelensky issued a declaration stating that it would be impossible to conduct peace talks with Putin.

Zelensky’s refusal to cooperate with Putin has caused concern in other countries. South Africa joined about three dozen other countries in abstaining from a UN vote in October condemning Russia’s annexation of Ukrainian territories, calling instead to focus on facilitating a ceasefire, according to the Post.

In the US, congressional support for the war in Ukraine has also begun to wane, among Republicans and Democrats alike. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) suggested last month that Republicans would reign in Ukraine spending if they retake the House in Tuesday’s midterm elections.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) took a more extreme approach earlier this week, vowing that “not one penny will go to Ukraine” under Republican leadership in Congress.

House progressives also sent a letter to President Biden last month, which they have since retracted, urging him to push harder for a diplomatic solution to the war in Ukraine.

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