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White House says Putin not serious about talks to end Ukraine war

WASHINGTON – The White House on Friday dismissed as unserious Moscow’s conditional willingness to discuss an end to Russia’s war in Ukraine.

“I would look askance at anything coming out of the Kremlin when it comes to those kinds of pronouncements,” White House spokesman John Kirby told reporters. “Mr. Putin has shown no indication that he’s willing to sit down and talk and to end this war.”

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin has always been open to negotiations, Reuters reported. But the U.S.’s refusal to recognize Ukrainian territory claimed by Russia “significantly complicates the search for mutual ground for discussion.”

Peskov was responding to President Joe Biden’s comments at a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron at the White House Thursday.

Story Credit: usatoday.com

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