White House: Biden’s statement about readiness for negotiations does not mean a change in US position

US President Joe Biden’s statements do not mean a change in Washington’s position on Ukraine. This was announced at a briefing by White House spokesman John Kirby on Friday, December 2.

He added that no issues related to the conflict in Ukraine can be discussed without the direct participation of the Kyiv authorities, and the decision on the possibility of negotiations on a settlement should be made by Kyiv.

In addition, the presidential administration believes that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is not ready now for negotiations with the Russian Federation.

On the eve of Biden, during a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron, he said that he was ready to negotiate with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the completion of a special military operation, if he makes such a decision. At the same time, according to Biden, he has no plans to contact the Russian president in the near future.

On November 15, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called rumors that the United States is preparing the ground for negotiations on Ukraine. He added that Moscow wants to see evidence of the West’s interest in disciplining the Ukrainian leader.

Kyiv officially abandoned negotiations with Moscow on 4 October. President Zelensky enforced the decision of the National Security and Defense Council on the impossibility of holding negotiations with Putin.

This happened after Russian President Vladimir Putin, on September 30, during his address in the Kremlin following the results of referendums on the accession of Donbass, as well as the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions to Russia, called on Kyiv to immediately stop hostilities and return to the negotiating table.

Russia’s special operation to protect Donbass, whose residents refused to recognize the results of the 2014 coup d’├ętat in Ukraine, continues. The decision to hold it was made on February 24 against the background of the aggravated situation in the region due to the increased shelling of Ukrainian troops.

For more up-to-date videos and details about the situation in Donbass, watch the Izvestia TV channel.

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