Putin will not agree to a peace agreement before the US elections, State Department believes

Written by Jeppe W

Nov.29 - 2023 11:10 AM CET

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Recent developments indicate that the U.S. State Department believes Russian President Vladimir Putin is unlikely to engage in meaningful peace talks in Ukraine before the U.S. presidential elections in November 2024.

This assessment was shared by an unnamed U.S. State Department official following a NATO foreign ministers' meeting in Brussels, where the alliance reiterated its support for Ukraine.

The official posited that Putin’s strategy might be influenced by the outcome of the upcoming U.S. elections.

The comment reflects a broader consensus within the U.S. government, though it was not explicitly stated as the official government position. This perspective underscores the geopolitical complexities surrounding the Ukraine conflict and the perceived interplay with U.S. politics.

Compounding these concerns is the apprehension that a potential return of former President Donald Trump to the White House might weaken Western backing for Ukraine.

While the State Department spokesperson did not explicitly mention Trump by name, the implication was clear, highlighting the potential volatility of U.S. foreign policy depending on the election results.

Amidst these geopolitical calculations, there have been rumors, as reported by the German tabloid Bild, suggesting that Germany and the United States are considering using weapon supply restrictions as leverage to compel Ukraine into negotiations with Russia.

This report, which also mentioned the possibility of a "frozen war" creating a new quasi-border between Ukraine and Russia, was publicly denied by both German and U.S. authorities.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has also weighed in, asserting in early November that no external pressure is being applied to Ukraine to initiate talks with Russia.

This statement came amidst speculations about international actors influencing Ukraine’s approach to the conflict.

This complex weave of international relations and internal politics highlights the intricate and often unpredictable nature of global diplomacy, particularly in conflict zones like Ukraine.

The situation remains fluid, with various factors, including upcoming elections in major powers like the U.S., potentially influencing the course of events.

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