U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has expressed doubts about Russia's interest in resolving the conflict with Ukraine through diplomatic means.
While Blinken affirms that Ukraine is prepared for negotiations, he questions Moscow's commitment to a peaceful resolution.
Antony Blinken has stated that the United States fully supports Ukraine in its quest for a fair and sustainable resolution to the conflict that respects Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
However, he adds that the U.S. has yet to see any signs that Russia is genuinely interested in diplomacy.
While some Western politicians believe that peace talks between Russia and Ukraine are inevitable, Ukrainian officials have a different view.
Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to the Ukrainian President, has ruled out peace talks as long as Russian President Vladimir Putin is in power.
Similarly, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba has stated that Ukraine does not foresee negotiations with Russia in the near term.
Vladimir Dzhabarov, First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs, responded to Blinken's comments by stating that Russia will not initiate talks with Ukraine.
He emphasized that Russia might consider negotiations if Ukraine proposes different conditions, particularly concerning the 1991 borders.