The US sees no evidence that Putin is prepared to negotiate peace in Ukraine

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a news conference with his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias in Athens, Greece. February 21, 2023. Michael Varaklas/Pool via Reuters (Pool/)

The United States Secretary of State, Anthony Blinkenacknowledged that he does not see “any evidence” that the president of Russia, Vladimir Putinbe prepared to sit at the negotiating table to agree to peace in Ukraine.

Asked about this possibility, Blinken lamented that the Russian president seems to be moving “in the opposite direction”, so “the real question is whether Russia will reach a point where it is genuinely prepared to end its aggression.”

In the framework of his official visit to Uzbekistan, the US diplomatic representative stressed that the possibility of a “just and lasting” peace will only come when Ukraine has regained control over its territoryreported The New York Times.

Part of the international community, including those countries that have declared themselves neutral in the conflict, has expressed in recent weeks the need to achieve peace in a conflict that, for the Pentagon, seems to be becoming entrenched.

In this sense, the position of China stands out, which formulated a peace proposal while the United States accuses them of planning to supply Russia with weapons. This was not only denied from Moscow and Beijing, but kyiv acknowledged that as of today there are no indications of such support.

Regarding this proposal, Blinken also referred, who emphasized that the document harbors “positive elements”, although he has urged the Asian giant to express its genuine commitment to Ukrainian national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

FILE - Ukrainian servicemen from the 3rd Separate Tank Brigade take part in a drill not far from the front lines in the Kharkiv area of ​​Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)
FILE – Ukrainian servicemen from the 3rd Separate Tank Brigade take part in a drill not far from the front lines in the Kharkiv area of ​​Ukraine, Thursday, February 23, 2023. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File) (Vadim Ghirda/)

On the other hand, the United States Government defended on Tuesday the aid sent to Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion a year ago, stressing that the best example of its good use is the resistance of the country against the forces of Russia.

“We see no evidence of embezzlement. We believe that the Ukrainians are correctly using what they have been given. Our conclusion is that if any of these systems have been diverted, it has been by Russians who have captured materiel on the battlefield,” Defense Undersecretary Colin Kahl told the House Armed Services committee.

Since the Republicans won the majority in that chamber in January after the mid-term elections in November, they have focused their efforts on holding the government accountable for both the aid sent to Ukraine and the management of the pandemic or the situation on the border with Mexico.

Tuesday’s debriefing, which also brought in the Department of Defense inspector general, robert storchand the lieutenant general Douglas Simsis part of that political offensive launched from the opposition.

It is imperative that the American people understand where our aid is goinghow it is used and what guarantees are there to make sure it does not end up in the wrong hands,” said the Republican legislator. Mike RogersChairman of the Armed Forces Committee.

Since Russia began its invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, Congress has authorized more than 113,000 million dollars in humanitarian, economic or security aid. About 60% of that figure corresponds to military support.

With information from Europa Press

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