Putin proposed a plan to end the war in Ukraine: the United States refused

Talks were held between mediators, and the US rejected the demands made by the Kremlin in order to establish peace, Reuters reported

by Sededin Dedovic
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Putin proposed a plan to end the war in Ukraine: the United States refused
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Russian President Vladimir Putin's proposal for a ceasefire in Ukraine did not receive the support of the United States of America, Russian sources revealed to Reuters. The Russian president, according to those sources, tried to send signals to Washington through intermediaries, including Arab partners from the Middle East, to consider the possibility of a ceasefire in Ukraine.

The sources revealed that Putin proposed freezing the conflict along the current front lines, but was adamant about Russian-controlled territories, not agreeing to a withdrawal from the occupied areas. This was exactly the stumbling block to the agreement, because the USA does not agree to any changes to the borders from 1945 because it could have a big impact on other unresolved conflicts in the world.

According to the statements of the American side, this would trigger an avalanche of similar scenarios around the world. However, as expected, the Kremlin considered this to be the best step towards achieving some sort of peace.

Contacts with the Americans did not bring the desired results, claims a high-ranking anonymous Russian source familiar with the negotiations. Another Russian source, also informed of the contacts, said that the Americans made it clear that they would not discuss a ceasefire without the inclusion of Ukraine, and that the recognition of the occupied territories was especially out of the question, which led to the collapse of the talks.

A third source, who was also familiar with the negotiations, confirmed the failure of the talks and added that the Americans showed no willingness to put pressure on Ukraine. Namely, American negotiators emphasized the right for Ukraine to defend its recognized territories with weapons and that this is a right that should be enjoyed by every free, independent and sovereign state.

So far, the media has reported little about these negotiations and their failure.

Anti-war demonstrators and Ukrainians living in the U.S.

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This information comes at a time when US President Joseph Biden is trying to provide additional aid to Ukraine, but is facing opposition, possibly from the Republican bloc, which has a majority in Congress.

Today, the Senate approved $61 billion in aid, but this bill still needs to pass through the House of Representatives, where Republicans hold the majority, reports Reuters. Most members of the Republican Party are against such limited aid to Ukraine, so it is not clear whether this law will pass the House of Representatives.

An anonymous US official told Reuters that the US is not conducting any secret negotiations with Russia and that Washington is consistent in its support for Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has made it clear that he will never accept Russian control over any part of Ukrainian territory and has asked his allies to cut off all contacts with Russia.

The Kremlin, the White House, the US State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) refused to comment on these claims, according to Reuters, who wanted to hear first-hand the details of this attempt to establish peace.

Analysts point out that the refusal of the United States of America to participate in the ceasefire talks without the presence of Ukraine showed its firm support for Ukrainian sovereignty. This puts additional pressure on Russia to revise its approach to resolving the conflict in Ukraine and to include all relevant actors in the negotiations.

However, Russia is in a good position on the battlefield, so it worries whether this pressure will have an effect. This failure in dialogue may further complicate the already tense situation in eastern Ukraine. The United States, of course, continues to support Ukraine, and after the alleged rejection of the ceasefire by the US, Russia could look for alternatives to achieve its goals in this area, which could lead to further tensions and instability.

If the dialogue is to be restarted, it will be crucial to include Ukraine in the negotiations to ensure that its interests and views are adequately represented. In addition, the international community will have to support efforts to achieve permanent peace and stability in the region, but with respect for the international order and rights, which will be almost impossible.

While political processes are taking place at the international level, the population of Ukraine continues to suffer the consequences of this protracted conflict. Humanitarian organizations and international agencies must remain engaged in providing assistance to people affected by the conflict.

Ukrainian leaders must also remain steadfast in their defense of national interests and continue to work to strengthen internal institutions and stabilize the country regardless of the occupation of part of the country. This will require cooperation with international partners and engaging in constructive dialogue to ensure that Ukraine remains a sovereign and independent state.It will be difficult to find a compromise because the situation is very complex, maybe some autonomy for the Russian regions in Ukraine would not be a bad suggestion.

Of course, they should be provinces that are part of the Ukrainian state, with their own local government, but with the consent of Ukraine and with the presence of the strongest world powers that would be witnesses to that peace agreement.

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