Clinton said the talks between Ukraine and Russia were premature
She explained that she agrees with Ukraine in its demand for Russia to withdraw troops to positions before February 24, noting that for the time being “one should not rush into negotiations”
The time has not yet come for talks between Russia and Ukraine, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in an interview with France Culture, Le Point reports. She believes that the ultimate success in the current situation must be “defeat”; Russia. Clinton agreed with the position of Kyiv, which has repeatedly demanded the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukrainian territories to the positions they occupied until February 24. “I support the Ukrainians, which means that we can’t rush into negotiations for the time being,” — stressed the ex-Secretary of State.
She also commented on French President Emmanuel Macron, who said in early June that Western leaders should not “humiliate Russia” so that after the end of hostilities there would be a chance to resolve the situation through diplomacy. Clinton called Macron's position “obsolete” and stated that, in her opinion, “Putin has long crossed the red line.”
She also suggested listening more to the leaders of the Baltic countries and Poland, who are “at the forefront” ; and have, in her words, “a much clearer idea of who Putin really is and what his goals are.”
In an interview with NBC in early April, Clinton called for a redoubling of sanctions pressure on Russia to force it to end military operations in Ukraine. In her opinion, they are a threat not only to Ukraine, but also to Europe and democracy.
The leaders of the EU countries, unlike the former US Secretary of State, advocate the resumption of the negotiation process between Kyiv and Moscow, which stalled in April. Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz spoke about this, in particular, at the end of May. At the same time, they emphasized the need for the withdrawal of Russian troops. Scholz also noted that the negotiations should become more concrete.
President Vladimir Putin confirmed his readiness to resume dialogue with Ukraine. Moscow blames Kyiv for the interruption and believes that the Ukrainian authorities abandoned the previously reached agreements, thus leading the situation to a dead end.
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