US and NATO see peace talks between Ukraine and Russia only if Ukraine liberates Kherson, says La Repubblica

7 November 2022, 03:34 PM
Ukrainian military (Photo:REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

Ukrainian military (Photo:REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

The United States and NATO see the start of peace talks between Ukraine and Russia only if Ukraine’s army takes control of Kherson, the battle for which has both strategic and diplomatic significance, Italian newspaper La Repubblica wrote on Nov. 7.

The message the United States is sending Ukraine through Brussels is that if and when Kherson is regained, then negotiations can be started.

Once Kherson is liberated, Ukraine could join the negotiations from a position of strength, the newspaper wrote.

The liberation of Kherson is possible before the end of November, the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate Kyrylo Budanov said on Oct. 31.

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Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said that rainy weather had slowed down the offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Kherson Oblast a little. He also noted that Ukraine controls all the bridges, so the invaders will not have the opportunity to escape from Kherson.

Previously, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that Putin is not offering Ukraine peace talks, but instead “surrender on their terms.”

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