Even earlier than the summit between the USA and Russia received underway on Wednesday, Ukrainian officers performed down the prospect — nonetheless unlikely — for a breakthrough on one of many thornier points on the agenda: ending the conflict in japanese Ukraine, the one energetic battle in Europe at the moment.
Ukraine mentioned it could not settle for any preparations made in Geneva between President Biden and President Vladimir V. Putin on the conflict, which has been simmering for seven years between Russian-backed separatists and the Ukrainian Military, officers mentioned.
Earlier than the summit’s begin, Dmitri S. Peskov, the Kremlin’s spokesman, mentioned that Ukraine’s entry into NATO would symbolize a “purple line” for Russia that Mr. Putin was ready to make plain on Wednesday. Mr. Biden mentioned this week that Ukraine may be a part of NATO if “they meet the standards.”
The Ukrainian authorities has lately dug in its heels on a coverage of rejecting any negotiation with no seat on the desk after fear that Washington and Moscow would reduce a deal in back-room talks. The method has remained in place with the Biden administration.
“It’s not potential to resolve for Ukraine,” President Volodymyr Zelensky mentioned on Monday. “So there can be no concrete consequence” in negotiations in Geneva, he mentioned.
Ukraine’s international minister drove the purpose residence once more on Tuesday.
“We’ve got made it very clear to our companions that no settlement on Ukraine reached with out Ukraine can be acknowledged by us,” Dmytro Kuleba, the international minister, advised journalists. Ukraine, he mentioned, “won’t settle for any eventualities the place they may attempt to power us to do one thing.”
Ukraine can have an opportunity for talks with the USA. Mr. Biden has invited Mr. Zelensky to a gathering within the White Home in July, when a latest Russian troop buildup alongside the Ukrainian border is bound to be on the agenda.
Russia massed greater than 100,000 troops alongside the Ukrainian border this spring. Regardless of an announcement in Moscow of a drawdown, each Ukrainian and Western governments say that only some thousand troopers have departed, leaving a lingering danger of a navy escalation over the summer season.