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West not urging Ukraine to negotiate war freezing with Russia, Ukrainian MFA states

West not urging Ukraine to negotiate war freezing with Russia, Ukrainian MFA states Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba (Photo: Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)
Author: Daria Shekina

Western allies do not demand that Ukraine start negotiations with Russia to freeze hostilities, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba states in an interview with the Spanish media outlet El Pais.

"This is not on the table; our allies are not asking us to negotiate with Russia to freeze the war. Neither during formal delegations nor in closed-format meetings has anyone dared to put this option on the table. The rest is just noise," emphasizes the Foreign Minister.

He further clarifies that the Russian dictator, Vladimir Putin, himself did not seek either a freeze in the conflict or peace with Ukraine.

According to Kuleba, those suggesting that Ukraine freeze the conflict actually assist the Kremlin and ignore the Russian threat.

The Foreign Minister reminds that from 2014 to 2022, there were 200 negotiation rounds with Russia, and 20 ceasefire agreements were reached, yet it all culminated in full-scale Russian aggression.

"There are wars in which one side must win, and the other must lose. Russian aggression against Ukraine is precisely such a war. Ukraine must win. Russia must lose. And all political thinking should be focused on achieving this goal," concludes the minister.

Rumors about Putin's proposal

Previously, The New York Times reported that the Russian dictator Vladimir Putin allegedly conveyed through diplomatic channels that he was ready to freeze the war in Ukraine.

Also, according to unconfirmed information, Putin had sent proposals to cease fire a year earlier, in the fall of 2022.

Meanwhile, the Office of the President of Ukraine urges the world to stop living in illusions—Putin will continue to wage war and kill.