The United States did not see prospects for successful negotiations on Ukraine

At the same time, according to the head of US national intelligence, neither side will be able to win in the conflict in Ukraine, and the risks of escalation are constantly increasing

Avril Haynes

The United States saw no prospects for successful negotiations over the situation in Ukraine in in the foreseeable future, while still allowing the conflict to escalate. This was stated by the head of US national intelligence, Avril Haynes, speaking at a hearing in the Committee on the Armed Forces of the Congress, the broadcast was led by C-SPAN.

“Given that both Russia and Ukraine believe that they can continue to seek military success, we see no viable way forward through negotiations— at least in the short term,»— she said.

In addition, according to her, over the next few months in Ukraine, there may be a “movement towards greater unpredictability and potential escalation.”

Russian and Ukrainian delegations have held several meetings since late February rounds of peace talks, both face-to-face and remotely. The greatest progress was made during the meeting in Istanbul on March 29, after which Russian forces were withdrawn from the Kyiv and Chernihiv directions.

In early April, Moscow announced that it wanted to complete the military operation in Ukraine precisely through negotiations and was interested in President Vladimir Zelensky agreeing to its proposals.

Nevertheless, on April 26, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the position of the Ukrainian authorities on the terms of the settlement had changed dramatically after the talks in Istanbul. “They [the Ukrainian delegation] moved away from their previous intentions to put out of brackets the issues of security guarantees [status] of Crimea, Sevastopol and the republics of Donbass. They just gave it up,»,— stressed the Russian leader.

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