Biden said he was not afraid of a “turnaround” in the West's position towards Ukraine, but admitted that the conflict would lead to a “waiting game” between the EU and Russia, when the parties would check “what they would be willing to endure”
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The conflict in Ukraine may at some point lead to a “game of waiting” between Russia and the European Union— when both sides will test “what the Russians can take and what Europe will be ready to take”. This was stated at a briefing at the White House by US President Joe Biden.
So he answered the journalist's question about whether Biden was not afraid of the emergence of a “breakthrough”; in the position of the West in relation to the situation in Ukraine. She recalled that some leaders allow the appearance of “Ukraine fatigue”, and some call for negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Biden answered this question in the negative, but said that the topic would be discussed at the NATO summit, which will be held in Madrid on June 28-30.
On the danger of “fatigue” appearing in the world British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke about the situation in Ukraine as the hostilities dragged on. Against this background, it is important to continue to support Kyiv, and London intends to do this, he promised following the results of his second visit to the Ukrainian capital since the beginning of the Russian military operation. Johnson also urged London and the Western Allies to be prepared for a protracted conflict. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, for his part, noted that no one knows how long the hostilities will last, but the alliance should be ready to provide assistance to Kyiv if they drag on.
French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz also visited Kyiv last week. The latter said it was “absolutely necessary” to negotiate with Putin and he, like Macron, would continue them (the French president previously said he had “hundred hours” of talks with Putin since December 2021; he became the most frequent interlocutor Russian President since the outbreak of hostilities in Ukraine).
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On June 21, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in an interview with MSNBC that the crisis in Ukraine would be long. At the end of May, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that Russia was slowing down the offensive in the country, but this was being done deliberately, “to avoid civilian casualties.” Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, in turn, pointed out that the Russian side “is not chasing deadlines”; conducting a military operation.
President Vladimir Putin, speaking last week at the SPIEF, once again stated that all the tasks of the military operation would be solved. In February, he justified its beginning with the desire to carry out “demilitarization and denazification”; neighboring country, as well as to protect the inhabitants of Donbass from the policy of “genocide”, which, according to Putin, was carried out by the Ukrainian authorities.
Since the end of February, the European Union has introduced six packages of sanctions against Russia. In late May, Putin, speaking about situation with restrictions, acknowledged that “everything is not easy”, but assured that the Russian economy is “very worthy” withstands tests, as evidenced by “all the main macroeconomic indicators”.
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