Politico Reports: Trump and Putin Discuss Terms for Ukraine Peace Deal

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called on former U.S. President Donald Trump to disclose his purported plan to end the war in Ukraine, and Politico analyzes and reveals that Trump and Putin are discussing peace in Ukraine

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Politico Reports: Trump and Putin Discuss Terms for Ukraine Peace Deal
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If Donald Trump knows how to end the Russian war in Ukraine, he shouldn’t wait until the U.S. presidential elections in November to reveal the details, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Wednesday. "I will resolve the war between Putin and Zelensky as the newly elected president before taking office on January 20," former President Donald Trump said in last week's televised debate with current President Joe Biden, according to Politico.

Although the potential Republican candidate did not disclose his plans for Ukraine, he has repeatedly said that ending the war would be one of his first tasks if he becomes the next U.S. president. "If Trump knows how to end this war, he should tell us today.

Because if there are risks to Ukraine’s independence, if there are risks of losing statehood, we want to be prepared for it," Volodymyr Zelensky said in an interview with Bloomberg TV. Zelensky said he wants to know whether after November 5 — when Americans go to the polls — Ukraine will still have U.S.

support or will be left to fend for itself. "They cannot plan my life and the life of our people, our children. My message is that if they have a plan, it may be secret because of the election, but I think we need to know as soon as possible to prepare," said the Ukrainian president.

Ukraines President Volodymyr Zelensky attends the closing press conference during the Summit on Peace in Ukraine on June 16, 202© Sedat Suna / Getty images

In last week's debate with Biden, Trump said he did not consider Putin's ultimatum that Ukraine cede four of its regions to Russia to end the war acceptable.

However, he said he is thinking about a deal in which NATO does not commit to further expansion to the east — particularly to Ukraine and Georgia — and negotiates with the Russian president about how much Ukrainian territory Moscow can keep, according to officials and advisors in contact with Trump, as reported by Politico.

Trump talks with Putin about peace in Ukraine

The ultraradical Republican candidate for U.S. president, Donald Trump, is increasingly confident in his victory in the fall elections and is reportedly already preparing some "first moves." He constantly declares that he would end the war in Ukraine in 24 hours, although he has never explained how he would do so under the current circumstances, but according to Politico, Trump has his own plan and is already discussing it with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Namely, as part of the "plan for Ukraine," Trump has talked with Putin "about how much occupied territory in Ukraine Russia can keep," or how much would satisfy Putin to "take" to end the war or at least freeze it. According to Politico, citing two national security experts, Donald Trump, as part of his "peace plan" to end the war in Ukraine, is negotiating with Vladimir Putin about "territorial issues." For some time now, certain "plans" have been emerging, mostly "wishful thinking," suggesting that Ukraine would "have to" give up the already annexed Crimea and some other areas along the Russian border (from Donetsk to Kherson).

Neither Moscow shows signs of agreeing to this (it has already declared part of these areas as Russian territory and annexed them, although it does not control parts of these areas), nor is Kyiv willing to let anyone play with its territory, as they constantly say that the war will last until they reach the 1991 borders.

A Ukrainian tank drives down a street in the heavily damaged town of Siversk© Spencer Platt / Getty Images

However, Politico notes that Trump has initiated an initiative, which is not impossible, although the Kremlin immediately denied negotiations on Ukrainian territory between Trump and Putin.

"No, that's not true," said Dmitry Peskov, responding to a question about whether there is such a dialogue between Trump and Putin. Likewise, Andriy Yermak, the head of the office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, said that Kyiv "is not ready for a compromise with Russia, especially one that would require giving up and ceding 'any part of the territory' to end the war." Politico does not provide details on the format in which these negotiations are being conducted or what stage they are at, nor what territories are being discussed.

At the same time, according to their sources, Trump is considering the possibility of reaching an agreement with Putin, under which some countries, "especially Ukraine and Georgia, could join NATO." This is something Putin is unlikely to agree to unless faced with military defeat, and besides, there are currently openly pro-Russian sympathizers in power in Georgia, who have jeopardized and practically halted the Euro-Atlantic ambitions of that Caucasian country by introducing the Law on Foreign Agents.

However, Politico calls resolving the conflict in Ukraine "part of Trump's broader plan regarding NATO." Interviewees for the publication say that if Trump wins the White House, the U.S. "is unlikely to completely withdraw from NATO," but the possible future president's plans foresee a so-called "transition to a two-tier system" of the alliance.

This would mean that countries that do not allocate 2% of GDP for NATO needs "will not have U.S. security guarantees" nor will they be able to "use U.S. and NATO defense assets," according to Politico sources. Source: Politico

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