There Is No Sign Putin Is Serious About the Ukraine Talks

no sign Putin is serious about Ukraine negosiations

On Tuesday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken testified before Congress that the Biden administration has seen no sign that Russian President Vladimir Putin intends to end the conflict in Ukraine through diplomatic efforts.

The US’ top ambassador spoke before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, saying it’s critical for the country not to “ease up” on its support for Ukraine two months after Russia’s incursion.

“Our goal is to ensure that [Ukrainians] have the power to repeal Russian aggression and, more importantly, to enhance their hand at a future negotiation table,” Blinken added.

“To date, there has been no indication that President Putin is serious about engaging in real negotiations.” If he is, and the Ukrainians engage, we will back him up.

“As a sovereign, autonomous country, the Ukrainians should select the end state.”

On February 24, Russia invaded Ukraine, accusing Kyiv of neo-Nazism and brutality against its own citizens. Putin has also criticized Ukraine’s bid to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, claiming that the former Soviet republic is Russian territory.

no sign Putin is serious about Ukraine negotiations

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., accused the Biden administration of “agitating” and pressuring Ukraine to join NATO during Tuesday’s committee meeting. The suggestion was denied by Blinken.

“National governments have the authority to make these decisions.” This is at the heart of the international system and order, the basic concept that “one country cannot dictate to another who it allies with,” according to Blinken.

“It is quite evident, in Putin’s own words, that this was never about Ukraine becoming a member of NATO.” It was always about his opinion that Ukraine does not deserve to be a sovereign independent country and that it must be assimilated into Russian in some fashion.”

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During the 2014 war, Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine, and in recent weeks, it has refocused its efforts on gaining complete control of the rebel Donbas region in Ukraine’s east.

Over the weekend, Blinken came to Kyiv to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Belinsky and announce increased aid to Ukraine.

Here’s What Else We Discussed Today

In a new round of infections on Capitol Hill, Vice President Kamala Harris, as well as Democratic senators Chris Murphy and Ron Wyden, tested positive for Covid-19.
Dr. Ashish Jha, the government’s new pandemic response coordinator, said the US was “at an inflection point” when it came to coronavirus, and reiterated the administration’s demand that Congress finance vaccines, treatments, and testing.

Amy Coney Barrett, a conservative supreme court judge, suggested she would be open to the Biden administration’s argument that a Trump-era policy that keeps asylum seekers in Mexico must be ended.

Merrick Garland, the attorney general, stated before a Senate subcommittee that the Justice Department would support legislation channeling confiscated Russian oligarchs’ assets to aid Ukraine.

Following Russia’s warning that the possibility of the Ukraine war escalating into a nuclear warfare was “serious,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the Biden administration was focusing on “lowering the rhetoric”:

A nuclear war cannot be won, as several of our national security professionals have stated. And, clearly, our goal remains to push for a reduction in hyperbole, a reduction in rhetoric on that front.

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Germany’s decision to provide anti-aircraft weapons to Ukraine today, she said, was significant:

The announcement… is consistent with statements made by a number of European governments that they will provide aid they have never provided before. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to deliver lethal aid to another country.

That says volumes about NATO’s and European countries’ cooperation in addressing what we see to be a horrible Russian-led war in Ukraine.

According to The Washington Post, Daleep Singh, the Biden Administration Official in Charge of The Sanctions Response to Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine, Will Take an Extended Leave of Absence “for Personal Reasons.”

His leave is set to begin next month, although the specific date and duration are still being worked out, according to the Post. The cause was not offered in any additional detail.

no sign Putin is serious about Ukraine negosiations

Singh is the national security adviser’s deputy and a member of the national economic council’s deputy. He was responsible with informing the public and the media about US sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s administration.

According to the Washington Post, Mike Pyle, vice president Kamala Harris’ main economic adviser, is one of the candidates being considered for the position. The White House did not respond to a request for comment.

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