If Russia does not withdraw from Ukraine, war will have to end in negotiations, White House says

18 November 2022, 11:27 PM
John Kirby (Photo:REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein)

John Kirby (Photo:REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein)

White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said negotiations would be “the right way to end the war in Ukraine,” unless Russia withdraws its troops, journalist Sasha Ingber reported via Twitter on Nov. 18.

However, Kirby underscored that the United States will rely on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to determine when and how the talks with Moscow could be conducted.

“This war could end today if Mr. Putin did the right thing,” Kirby said.

“Obviously, he has shown no proclivity to pull his troops out, so we also all agree that a diplomatic negotiated settlement is the next best thing to Putin just pulling his troops out.”

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On Nov. 10, The New York Times reported that Chairman of U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said that Ukraine has “achieved roughly as much as they could expect before winter sets in,” suggesting Kyiv should now seek talks with Moscow “to lock in their gains at the negotiating table.”

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