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Ukraine's successful counteroffensive could force Putin to negotiate

Jun 12, 2023

The United States is confident in the success of Ukraine's counteroffensive, which it believes will strengthen Kyiv's position in any future negotiations to end the war with Russia.

This was stated by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken at a press conference in Washington on Monday, a correspondent of Yevropeiska Pravda reports.

Blinken noted that these are the very first days of the Ukrainian offensive, so it is too early to say what it could lead to.


"But it is important to understand that as a result of the support of Ukraine by more than 50 countries, as well as the courage and resilience of the Ukrainian people and the Ukrainian military, we are confident that they will continue to succeed in what they are trying to achieve - to regain the territory that Russia has seized from them," he emphasized.

According to the U.S. Secretary of State, the support of Ukraine by Western allies in the long term is aimed at establishing a peace that is just and lasting.

"Success in the counteroffensive will do two things - strengthen the U.S. position at any negotiating table if the opportunity arises, and perhaps force Putin to finally focus on negotiating an end to the war he started. In that sense, it could actually bring peace closer, not further away," Blinken added.

That is why, the Secretary of State said, the United States will continue to maximize our support for Ukraine now so that it can succeed on the battlefield, and will also work on other forms of support to enable Ukraine to become a successful state.

Author - Olena Madiak, 12/06/2023

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