Putin wanted to freeze the war in Ukraine

According to Russian sources, Putin sent signals to Washington in 2023 to consider a ceasefire in Ukraine, both publicly and privately through intermediaries including Moscow's Arab partners in the Middle East and others.

Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin's plan to end the war in Ukraine with a ceasefire was rejected by the US after talks between mediators.

about this informs Reuters citing sources in Russia.

Mediators met in Turkey at the end of 2023, according to three Russian people.

It is also known that unofficial contacts between the Russian Federation and the United States through intermediaries took place at the initiative of Russia, but, according to sources, they did not lead to anything.

Meanwhile, an official in the US said he was not aware of any unofficial contacts through intermediaries.

White House national security adviser Jack Sullivan is expected to speak with Putin's foreign policy adviser Yuri Ushakov to determine next steps, one of the Russian sources said.

But when the call rang in January, one of the Russian sources told Sullivan Ushako that Washington was willing to discuss other aspects of the relationship, but would not talk about a ceasefire without Ukraine.

The US official declined to provide any details about Sullivan's alleged calls, or whether such a conversation took place with Ushako.

Sources in the Russian Federation indicate that Putin has proposed to freeze the conflict at this stage and does not want to cede any Ukrainian territory controlled by Russia.

“None of the contacts with the Americans have been concluded,” said an anonymous high-ranking Russian source familiar with the negotiations at the end of 2023-2024.

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A second Russian source familiar with the contacts said the Americans told Moscow through intermediaries that they would not discuss a possible ceasefire without Ukraine's participation.

A third source briefed on the progress of the talks said: “Everything has broken down with the Americans.” He said that the US does not want to put pressure on Ukraine.

One of the Russian sources expressed frustration with the United States over Washington's insistence that Ukraine not be pushed into negotiations.

“Putin said: “I know they won't do anything. They cut off the roots of communication, which took two months to establish,” sources in the Russian Federation said.

Another Russian source suggested that the US did not trust Putin's sincerity.

“Americans don't believe Putin is sincere about a ceasefire — but he was and is. He's willing to discuss a ceasefire. But Putin is willing to fight as long as necessary — and Russia can fight as long as necessary.” He said the officer.

According to Russian sources, the Kremlin sees no point in further communication with the US on this issue, so the war will continue.

The Kremlin, the White House, the US State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) declined to comment.

A US official in Washington, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the US had no back-channel talks with Russia and that Washington was determined not to go after Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared a “fair peace” between Ukraine and Russia. According to him, the parties can meet. The Black Sea Initiative prevented a further deepening of the food crisis.

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