Russian President Vladimir Putin is not sincere about peace talks with Ukraine while he is taking the war to a new level of “barbarism”, a top US diplomat has said.
US intelligence expects the reduced tempo of fighting in Ukraine to continue over the next several months.
Russia is analysing how to respond to a price cap on its oil after a deal reached by Western powers that aims to limit a key source of funding for the war.
French President Emmanuel Macron says Europe needs to address Putin’s fear that “NATO comes right up to its doors” and the deployment of weapons that could threaten Russia.
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U.S. President Joe Biden said on Thursday he was prepared to speak to Putin if the Russian leader was interested in ending the war. But the idea died quickly when the Kremlin said the West must recognize Moscow’s declared annexation of four Ukrainian regions.
This reaction from Russia, Nuland said, showed “how not serious they are”.
Russia has been carrying out huge attacks on Ukraine’s electricity transmission and heating infrastructure roughly weekly since October, in what Kyiv and its allies say is a deliberate campaign to harm civilians, a war crime.
“Putin has taken this war to a new level of barbarism, taking it into every single Ukrainian home as he tries to turn off the lights and the water and achieve what he couldn’t on the battlefield,” Nuland said.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova was quick to respond.
“It is not for Nuland to teach the world – only the United States and NATO combined destroyed more energy networks than the United States destroyed by itself,” Zakharova said on the Telegram channel, pointing to the 1999 attacks on Serbia.
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