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The US claims the role of mediator to find a solution to the conflict in Ukraine


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Russia and the US discussed this Thursday about a possible agreement to solve the conflict in Ukraine, which would go through bring Washington into the process. During the talks held today in Stockholm between the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, and its American counterpart, Antony BlinkThe development of an eventual plan was addressed to resolve through diplomatic channels the conflict in eastern Ukraine caused by the Donbass separatists and, consequently, thus alleviate tensions between Russia and the West.

This was stated by Blinken at the end of a meeting with Lavrov that lasted almost five hours. “There is a diplomatic solution to the problem,” the US Secretary of State assured the press. He explained that such an initiative is necessary, since “the United States and the European Union fear a possible Russian aggression against Ukraine.”

Lavrov, for his part, had previously said that “NATO refuses to consider Moscow’s proposals to reduce tensions.”

The sole mediators recognized up to now in the Ukrainian crisis have been Germany and France, which are part of the Normandy Quartet along with Russia and Ukraine. But Kiev has long called for Washington to also be part of the group of mediators, a proposal that the Kremlin consistently rejected.

Now, however, it seems that in Moscow the incorporation of the United States into a process that ends the threat of war between the Ukrainian troops and the rebels would be welcomed. Donetsk and Luhansk separatists and reassure both Russia and Europeans and Americans.

High level summit

Svetlana Zhúrova, first vice president of the Foreign Committee of the State Duma (Lower House of the Russian Parliament), believes in statements to Echo Moscow radio that “the participation of the United States in the negotiations with Ukraine can contribute to solving a whole series of problems.” . According to Zhúrova, “the talks should take place at a high level, possibly with the participation of three presidents,” in apparent reference to Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelensky.

In the opinion of the political scientist, Nikolai Petrov, “Washington is ready to make significant efforts to prevent an escalation of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.”

In April, the independent observer group Conflict Intelligence Team already reported on the increased concentration of Russian forces along the border with Ukraine in the last six years. The one that is taking place now, according to the same source, is comparable to that detected in the spring and may even be higher.

Many world media outlets drew attention to the Russian military presence and some even published satellite images and eyewitness videos. The American newspaper ‘The New York Times’ wrote that American intelligence warned its allies in Europe about a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Yesterday, Wednesday, Zelensky intervened before the deputies of the Rada to demand a “direct” dialogue from Putin on Donbass. “We must tell the truth, we cannot stop the war without direct negotiations with Russia,” he said.

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