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  • Putin speaks out on Trump's proposed plan to end the war
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Putin speaks out on Trump's proposed plan to end the war

Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed that he takes seriously Donald Trump's announcement that he would bring a swift end to the conflict in Ukraine if he wins the US presidential election.

"Mr. Trump, as a presidential candidate, says he is ready and willing to end the war in Ukraine. We take this quite seriously", Putin told a press conference after the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Astana[1].

However, Putin added that he was not aware of the specific proposals Trump intends to put forward to end the Ukrainian conflict.

"This is, of course, a fundamental issue. But I have no doubt that he is speaking honestly and we support this", Putin said.

The Russian President, attending the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit, emphasized that Russia is ready to negotiate peace in the war against Ukraine and stressed that Moscow has always sought to resolve the conflict through political and diplomatic means.

"Russia is certainly ready to take these ideas and initiatives into account", he said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov recently stated that Ukraine should aim for peace, not a temporary ceasefire because Moscow does not intend to give the enemy a break that could be used to regroup and rearm.

"There is no alternative but to continue the special military operation until its objectives are achieved", Lavrov said.

He noted that it is currently too difficult to imagine a dialogue for peace, although he hopes that sooner or later, "political forces will emerge in Ukraine that have the people's interests at heart."

However, Putin has made it clear several times recently that he is open to talks on a possible ceasefire.

Last month, he demanded a de facto surrender of Ukraine as a condition for a ceasefire. He also called on Ukraine to withdraw its troops from the southern and eastern parts of the country. Ukraine does not accept this, and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has repeatedly rejected the temporary ceasefire.

Putin has stated that a constructive dialogue between Moscow and Washington is impossible during the intense US presidential election campaign and stressed that Moscow will wait for the results and see what the new leadership does.

Earlier, when asked about the first televised debate between Trump and US President Joe Biden, Putin replied that he had only seen fragments. Putin has repeatedly stated that he believes Biden is more acceptable to Russia as a future US President than Trump.
D. Trump says he knows how to end the war in Ukraine. EPA-ELTA
D. Trump says he knows how to end the war in Ukraine. EPA-ELTA

Trump says he knows how to end the Russia-Ukraine war

Former US President Donald Trump said last week in a presidential TV debate with Joe Biden that, if re-elected, he would resolve the war in Ukraine before taking office in January 2025.

He also blamed the current President for the war in Ukraine and called on Europe to increase funding for aid to Kyiv[2].

Trump said that Russian President Putin "would never have attacked Ukraine" if the United States "had a real president" and when asked whether Russia's conditions for ending the war were acceptable, Trump said no. Trump also mentioned considering an agreement under which NATO would commit to not expanding eastwards, specifically into Ukraine and Georgia.

In April, the Washington Post reported that Trump had spoken privately about the possibility of allowing Putin to keep Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014, and the Donbas, which is partly controlled by Russian forces, in return for peace.

Trump's campaign has not confirmed this, although it has been reported in the media that two of Trump's key advisers have presented him with a plan to end the war, under which Ukraine would be told it would only receive more US weapons if it entered into peace talks.

The war in Ukraine has been going on for more than two years. Gleb Albovsky/Unsplash
The war in Ukraine has been going on for more than two years. Gleb Albovsky/Unsplash

Ukraine is not willing to negotiate and give up its lands

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said that if Trump knows how to end Russia's war in Ukraine, he should not wait until the US presidential elections in November to reveal it now[3].

"If Trump knows how to end this war, he should tell us today. Because if Ukraine's independence is in danger, if we are in danger of losing our statehood, we want to be ready for that", the Ukrainian leader said.
V. Zelensky would only talk about peace when Russia withdraws from all Ukrainian lands. ELTA
V. Zelensky would only talk about peace when Russia withdraws from all Ukrainian lands. ELTA

Zelenskyy said he wanted to understand whether Ukraine would still have the powerful support of the US after November 5, when Americans go to the polls, or whether it would be left to its fate.

"They cannot plan my life and the life of our people, our children. My message is that if they have a plan, it may not be public because of the elections, but I think we need to know beforehand so that we can prepare for it", he stressed.

A few weeks ago, Zelenskyy told the international media that Kyiv could start peace talks even tomorrow if Russia withdrew from all Ukrainian territory[4]. However, he said that he believed that the Russian President would not stop the war by himself and that it had to be stopped by all possible means, both military and diplomatic.