HELSINKI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday warned against any peace initiatives that could help legitimize Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian territory, saying a “just and durable” peace effort should address accountability and reconstruction.
Delivering what U.S. officials described as a highlight speech that lays out Washington’s view of 16 months of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Blinken said over the coming weeks and months some countries were likely to call for a ceasefire.
But for any peace effort to be lasting, he laid out, it requires Ukraine’s “full participation and assent” and should support Ukraine’s reconstruction and recovery, with Moscow paying its share, Blinken said.
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WNU Editor: The transcript to US Secretary of State Blinken’s Helsinki speech is here …. Russia’s Strategic Failure and Ukraine’s Secure Future (US Department of State).
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