Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Wednesday that he has received “signals” from Western partners that Russian President Vladimir Putin desires direct negotiations with Ukraine.
The Ukrainian leader said that he proposed public talks with Russia in response. “I received signals that Putin wants direct negotiations. I received such signals. I proposed a public form, because Russia is waging a public war,” he told reporters, according to a Google translation of an Interfax Ukraine report.
Zelensky also confirmed that he met with CIA Director William Burns in Kyiv on Tuesday as Russia was firing missiles at the city. Burns visited Ukraine following talks in Turkey with his Russian counterpart, SVR chief Sergei Naryshkin.
“Yesterday, Burns sat in the bomb shelter. And then we talked with him. We discussed all the issues important to us. We know each other. He is on the side of Ukraine,” Zelensky said.
A US official told The Washington Post that in his meeting with Zelensky, Burns “reinforced the US commitment to provide support to Ukraine in its fight against Russian aggression.”
The US insisted that Burns’ talks with Naryshkin in Turkey were focused on warning against using nuclear weapons and were not a negotiation on Ukraine. But there have been signs that the US is looking to open up diplomacy between Russia and Ukraine, including comments from Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley.
Milley said last week that this winter could provide an opportunity for diplomacy between the warring sides that should be “seized,” although media reports say his view is not shared by other high-level Biden administration officials. Milley reaffirmed his stance on Wednesday that winter would be a good time for Ukraine to consider talks with Russia but also said the US will support Kyiv “as long as it takes” if they choose to keep fighting.
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While they are virtue signaling. I would rather trust milutary experts that Rusdia concluded that serious negotiations will not happen, snd decided to end the war in the manner it finds condistent with goals.
Zelendki proposed a publuc forum! He thinks he is on a stage!
The missile that hit Polish village was Ukrainian air defense system. Here is the oroblem. Russia did not conduct any missile activity in that part of Ukraine, This anti-misdile system had no reason to fire anti-misdile system. And even if it did in response to Rusdian missile -/ the chances of firing this far away into Poland from the location of this anti-misdile system — would require a near impossible mistake.
It serms this was fired on purpose and straight into Polish territory.
Actually. I am waiting for more such problems. It may be the only way Ukraine can force US to get involved. Or US force Germans to step in that rake for the third
time, What a hot mess, Russia is clearly slowingvthings down to mollass speed, it is removing any exposed positions to prevent Ukraine from cherry-picking by cannibalising its other fronts to get sufficient force to punch at one spot. The question is – what for?
Waiting for what?
Very unlikely that any kind of negations will occur. The imperials will try to stall for time to re-arm and continue murder inc.
As for Volodimor Ziolenski, he isn’t even considered as a representative by Kremlin. This is a war between Russian Federation and Anglo-American empire. Like all of occupied Europe, Ukraine is just a victim.
Zelendki wanted a F2F with Putin – not at the big long Covid table – remember that bit of theater?
Now he wants a public debate on peace.
He imagines a Euro-vision Song Contest backdrop with him and his enemy Putin on TV with spotlight picking him up and votes coming in from all over the world.
Almost laughable if we were not to note that he wanted a per-emitive strike on Nuclear blasts over Moscow only a few weeks ago.
Where has sanity and diplomacy gone?
It is like our lives and the future of the planet are like a game show or a computer game like Call of Duty.
Anglo-American empire was offered a chance to withdraw back in march when Russian forces withdrew from Kiev. They refused. Now it’s V time.
It isn’t V time or Z time. No time for war, always time for peace. It is always exact the right time to quit stupidity.
Ah. So where were you for the last 9 years when this scum was murdering women and children in Donbass? Kremlin was pleading for peace. This stupidity ends with complete annihilation of parasitic, terrorist empire.
I was where I am now, not picking sides of warmongers and deathdealers. Not cheering on murderous stupidity. Can’t remember a time where I found that to be too difficult to adhere to.
Okay. Thanks for the honest answer. You accomplished nothing and resolved nothing. Do you have anything else to contribute?
Your prowar trolling on antiwar is excellent.
What makes you think I’m pro-war? I’m in favor of exterminating the parasites who profit from war. Pest control. That’s all.
ALL the parasites who profit from war? Would that include the directors of Rostec, UAC/Sukhoi, et al.?
Of course. We have a global overpopulation of oligarchs. If we can do a really good job on distributing sniper rifles with thermal scopes and some heavy explosives, perhaps we can reduce it by 10-15%
I haven’t personally saved the world or prevented a war or any atrocity. That is true. If I could have done that, I would. If that means I would have made your life even more miserable than it already is, I would have heroically defied that moral conundrum.
HAHAHA! Likewise, there, cowboy.
“This stupidity ends with complete annihilation of parasitic, terrorist empire.”
Boris, you are cru-el man – ees vy Natasha lov you!
What’s the frequency Kenneth?
If I didn’t know better, I might think that Zelensky didn’t know the Russia has been willing to negotiate for months. Someone should tell him that his credibility is showing.
Personally I don’t give the slightest feck about how he does it, what tales he spins around it. All parties involved can pack excuses on top of eachother to the moon and back, I just want to see it done. Down with this sort of thing, I say
It’s that magic 8-Ball he keeps closer than his SOS.
LOL Putin has made it clear from day one he wanted to talk but was ignored by the US / UK / EU / NATO , the majority of people will not accept the fact this conflict is down to the USA / UK / EU / NATO even when you show them the evidence which is there for every one to see / read , anyone who has followed this should know , when a phone conversation of the Americans choosing the next Ukrainian President is put into the public domain what more evidence do you need .
“Yesterday, Burns sat in the bomb shelter. And then we talked with him.
We discussed all the issues important to us. We know each other. He is
on the side of Ukraine,” Zelensky said.”
Its Official! Instead of being on the side of America, Burns of the CIA is on the side of Ukraine.
Perhaps Mr. Burns should just move to Kiev and keep pandering to Voldomort Zelensky!
“Zelensky Says He’s Received ‘Signals’ From West That Putin Wants Talks”
Not that anyone in the West is tuh-tuh-telling you that you shuh-should talk, muh-muh-muh-mister Zelensky President Sir!!!
Russia has wanted to talk since last December.
Magic Decoder ring?
here is actually Zelensky 2nd from left
it was a ukrainian video championing gay rights
so how do you get from that point in your life to becoming prez of ukraine and literally bombing some of your own people because they speak a different language (russian)
Talking is always good. Zelenski however must give up the need for an audience . Better yet, have somebody capable negotiate,
It is aleays worth exploring. My take is — Zelenski is not really interested. Why would he? He is banking on eventually somebody being sucked into the war. Poland, Germany. US and UK will set it up soner rather than later.
I think Russia has oncluded that agreement will not be possible. Certainly not to meet Russian minimum. What it means in practice — Russia needs to end the war. It is really up to them at this time.
Zelenski himself signed a law that Ukraine could not negotiate with Putin .. only Putin’s successor.
He also said that The Minsk Accords that the UN , Russia & Ukraine agreed on were dead (he actually said F the Minsk agreements) . These agreements/accords stated that the Dombas region was to be given a form of self government ( a kind of federalism) and no oppression of the Russian speaking (ethnic?) population and no joining NATO. Meanwhile the USA was pumping weapons to him.
This was the backdrop to the invasion.
Russia does need to end the occupation but it will not do so unless the Minsk agreements are met. Even that is hard to get NOW that large parts of the Dombas are declared to be in Russia proper.
Tens of thousands were killed there since 2014 but history for the ‘west’ only started in Feb 2012.
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