US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Thursday that Russia was not really interested in ending the war in Ukraine, while President Vladimir Putin expressed hope for a quick solution.
Blinken said he spoke mostly Thursday with foreign ministers of the Group of Seven industrialized democracies about ideas for a “just peace” proposed by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during his visit. history to Washington the day before.
Blinken calls Zelensky’s idea “a good start” and that any peace needs to be “just and lasting” – and that the US will not impose its own solutions on Ukraine.
“Basically, right now, Russia has shown no interest in meaningful diplomacy, meaningful engagement to end this war,” Blinken told a news conference.
He said that Russia could immediately end the war by withdrawing its troops, but “in the absence of that, we must see some meaningful evidence that Russia is ready to actually negotiate a just and lasting peace.”
“By pointing—something not simply approving another country that is by force occupying another country’s territory,” Blinken said.
“Sustainable – in the sense that we want to make sure it’s going to last, and we’re not simply putting Ukraine in a position where Russia will repeat what it did a month, six months or a year later. “
Putin, who invaded Ukraine on February 24, earlier on Thursday told reporters he hoped the conflict would end “and as soon as possible.”
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