U.S. Says No Cease-Fire Deal Without Russian Withdrawal

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken says no cease-fire is possible in the war in Ukraine unless it is part of what he calls a “just and lasting” peace deal that includes a withdrawal of Russian troops.

Speaking in Helsinki, Finland, the NATO alliance’s newest member, Blinken said “a cease-fire that simply freezes current lines in place” and allows Russian President Vladimir Putin to consolidate control over the territory he has seized is “not a just and lasting peace” and sends Moscow and “other would-be aggressors around the world” the wrong message.

Blinken added the United States will encourage peace efforts by other nations as long as they uphold the United Nations charter and Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and independence.


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