US official: Putin will not make peace in Ukraine before the 2024 US elections

2023-11-28 22:26:00, Kosova & Bota CNA
US official: Putin will not make peace in Ukraine before the 2024 US elections
Residents look at burning tank cars after the latest shelling at a railway crossing in the course of the Russia-Ukraine conflict in Donetsk

Russian President Vladimir Putin will not make peace in Ukraine before he knows the results of the November 2024 US election, a senior US State Department official said on Tuesday, amid concerns that a possible victory for former President Donald Trump could improve Western support for Kiev, writes Reuters.

Trump, who is seeking re-election in 2024 and is the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, has been a harsh critic of US support for Kiev.

A senior official briefed reporters after a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels said the alliance reiterated its support for Ukraine knowing that a peace deal next year is unlikely.

"My expectation is that Putin will not make a peace or a meaningful peace before he sees the outcome of our elections," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the results of the meeting.

Asked whether they were expressing a personal opinion or the view of the US government, the official said it was a "broadly shared premise".

"This was the context in which all allies expressed strong support for Ukraine" at the NATO meeting on Tuesday, the official added, without naming Trump or making clear how the election outcome would affect support for Ukraine. .

US President Joe Biden, a Democrat, has provided massive military aid and other support to Kiev since Russia's full-scale invasion in February 2022, but additional funding for Ukraine is being blocked by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. CNA

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