WASHINGTON, Nov 6 (Reuters) – The Biden administration is behind the scenes encouraging Ukraine’s leaders to show they are willing to negotiate with Russia, The Washington Post reported on Saturday.
The demands expressed by US officials are not aimed at bringing Kyiv back to the negotiating table but rather at ensuring that Ukraine retains the support of other nations, according to the newspaper, which cites sources familiar with the discussions.
These discussions show the complexity of the Biden administration’s position vis-à-vis Ukraine, with American officials publicly pledging to support Kyiv “as long as necessary” while hoping for a resolution of the conflict.
According to the Washington Post, US officials share the Ukrainian view that Russian President Vladimir Putin is not seriously considering resuming negotiations at this time.
However, they acknowledged that Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky’s refusal to talk to his Russian counterpart had raised concerns in some countries in Europe, Africa and Latin America, where the conflict has led to a rise in food and fuel.
(Report David Brunnstrom; French version Camille Raynaud)