War in Ukraine: US institute sees no real willingness to negotiate on Putin’s part

Kremlin leader Putin repeatedly claims that he is ready to negotiate in his war of aggression against Ukraine. Experts in the USA see things differently.

According to US experts, Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin has shown no real willingness to negotiate in his war of aggression against Ukraine, even after his meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. “Instead, Putin demanded that Ukraine capitulate through ‘demilitarization’ and the handover of significant territories that Russia does not currently occupy,” said analysts at the Institute for War Studies (ISW) in Washington. Putin also rejected a ceasefire in the conflict for two days in a row. Ukraine and Russia accuse each other of being able to use a ceasefire to reposition and re-arm troops.

Regarding Orban’s visit to Putin on Friday, the ISW experts noted that the Hungarian head of government was probably trying to divert the West’s attention away from military aid for Ukraine and towards the possibility of peace negotiations. Orban wanted to position himself as a potential mediator for ending the war in Ukraine, although Putin had no interest in doing so.

According to ISW, Orban is thus undermining the European Union’s support for Ukraine. The experts repeatedly point out that Putin is using his alleged willingness to negotiate primarily to divide the West and ultimately to break the military support of Ukraine’s allies. Orban has repeatedly opposed EU military aid for Ukraine.

Orban accuses NATO of seeking conflict

During a joint appearance with Putin in the Kremlin, Orban said that Moscow and Kiev’s ideas for resolving the conflict were very different. Before his meeting, the Hungarian also spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kiev and called for a ceasefire. Russia and Ukraine accuse each other of having no interest in negotiations and preferring to resolve the conflict on the battlefield.

In an opinion piece for Newsweek magazine, Orban accused NATO of violating its founding principles. “But instead of peace, the agenda today is the pursuit of war, instead of defense, it is attack,” Orban wrote in the article.

Source: Stern

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