Former U.S. President Donald Trump considers Russian dictator Vladimir Putin "somewhat weakened" after the Wagner PMC rebellion, but still offers Ukraine to cede part of its territory.
Trump said this in an interview with Reuters.
Trump said he wants people to stop dying because of "this ridiculous war".
The former U.S. president said he does not rule out that Ukraine may have to cede some territory to Russia to stop the war.
"I think they would be entitled to keep much of what they've earned and I think that Russia likewise would agree to that. You need the right mediator, or negotiator, and we don't have that right now," he said.
Trump believes that the most important thing the United States should do now is "getting Russia and Ukraine together and making peace".
As president, Trump developed a friendly relationship with Putin. The former U.S. president said that the dictator was weakened by the uprising of Russian mercenaries of the Wagner PMC and its leader, Yevgeny Prigozhin, last weekend.
"You could say that he's (Putin) still there, he's still strong, but he certainly has been I would say somewhat weakened at least in the minds of a lot of people," he said.
At the same time, Trump said that "you don't know what the alternative is. It could be better, but it could be far worse”.
As a reminder, the former U.S. president has repeatedly expressed his support for Putin and opposed providing aid to Ukraine. In particular, Trump stated that he would allow Russia to take part of Ukrainian territories to avoid war.
Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 30/06/2023