Blinken suggests Ukraine might get some of its territory back through diplomacy

24 March, 03:20 PM
Antony Blinken (Photo:REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy)

Antony Blinken (Photo:REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy)

U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken suggested while appearing before the U.S. Congress that diplomacy may play a certain role for Ukraine in regaining control of its territory, French broadcaster France24 reported on March 23.

"I think there's going to be territory in Ukraine that the Ukrainians are determined to fight for on the ground; there may be territory that they decide that they'll have to try to get back in other ways," Blinken said answering the question of Republican Chris Stewart on whether the U.S. backs Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in his striving to return Crimea.

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Meanwhile, Blinken emphasized that "these have to be Ukrainian decisions about what they want their future to be and how that lands in terms of the sovereignty, the territorial integrity and the independence of the country."

"What we don't want, for everyone's interests, is to have this settle in a place and in a way that simply invites the Russians to reset, rearm and then re-attack," he said.

Blinken said in December that Russian authorities were not demonstrating any interest in meaningful diplomacy.

"There's always value in diplomacy if the parties in question, and in this case Russia, are actually interested in meaningful diplomacy. And what we've seen, at least recently, is exactly the contrary," Blinken said in an interview with CBS News on Dec. 4.

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