“The Russian Federation and Vladimir Putin are not interested in this negotiation, they are interested in other things,” said the Prime Minister of Ukraine.
Russia is more interested in “the genocide of the Ukrainians” and in generating “a migration crisis in Europe” than in carrying out peace negotiations to end the invasion, the Prime Minister of Ukraine assured this Sunday (04.24.2022). Denys Shmyhal.
This was stated in an interview on the American chain CBS commenting on the visit scheduled for the last week of April to Moscow and kyiv by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres.
“I think the Russian Federation and (President Vladimir) Putin are not interested in this negotiation, they are interested in other things,” the official said. Among them, he stressed that Moscow is interested “in the genocide of the Ukrainians, in creating a migration crisis in Europe and the world, and in creating an energy and food crisis.”
Although it has not been described as a “mediation” mission, this is the first trip Guterres has made to the two countries immersed in a war since mid-February, when Russia launched its troops against eastern and northern Ukraine, triggering the largest refugee movement in Europe for several decades.
Just a week ago, Guterres proposed to Putin and Zelensky an “Easter truce” on the occasion of Orthodox Easter, but he got no response from Russia.
For Shymhal, who visited Washington this week and met with US President Joe Biden, the war in Ukraine will only end with the complete withdrawal of Russian forces from Ukrainian territory. This Saturday the Ukrainian president, Volodímir Zelenski, announced the upcoming arrival in Ukraine of the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, and the Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, something that, however, the US government has not confirmed.
At a press conference, Zelensky said that during Blinken and Austin’s visit they will talk about the weapons that Ukraine needs and about the pace of delivery. “We would like to have heavy and powerful weapons,” he said, noting that the situation regarding weaponry has improved in the last week.
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