Given the announced arms shipments to Ukraine, the Kremlin is now trying to blame the US for the course of Russia’s offensive war in Ukraine. US President Joe Biden could end the conflict quickly, the Kremlin said Friday.
“The president of the United States can do that very quickly, using, say, his capabilities and basically simply giving instructions to the regime in Kiev,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russia’s Interfax news agency. A key to the solution lies in Washington, but that is where the path of escalation is chosen.
Pressure from the US for tank deliveries?
For example, the decision to supply European main battle tanks to Ukraine came about under pressure from the United States. Russia sees the West, led by the United States, as a party to the conflict. The US is not taking any steps to resolve the conflict through negotiations under President Biden, Peskow said.
“We now see that the current head of the White House does not want to do this, does not want to use the ‘key’ and chooses the path to further arm Ukraine,” said President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman.
“Demonization” of the Wagner mercenaries
At the same time, Peskov criticized the fact that the United States classified the Wagner private army of Putin confidant Yevgeny Prigozhin as an international criminal organization. The allegations and the “demonization” of the group are baseless. No evidence of crimes was presented. Prigozhin also repeatedly demands that the United States provide evidence.
Wagner is accused of war crimes. About 50,000 private army fighters are currently deployed in Ukraine, according to the US National Security Council. Among them are 10,000 mercenaries and 40,000 prisoners whom Prigozhin allegedly recruited from prisons. The businessman is wanted by the US Federal Police FBI for meddling in the US presidential election.
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