(FreedomBeacon.com)- According to reports, President Joe Biden floated an idea to President Vladimir Putin to see if Russia is ready to cease its invasion of Ukraine after months of military defeats and stalled advancements.
Biden has avoided speaking with Putin since the Russian leader deployed his armed forces into Ukraine in February, describing him as a war criminal responsible for thousands of murders and atrocities and declaring that he “cannot remain in power.”
However, during a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday, Biden appeared to offer an opening.
Video reporting revealed Biden remarking that he would carefully choose his words. This is hilarious, considering he is gaffe-prone.
Biden claimed he would meet with Mr. Putin if he sought a peaceful resolution to the conflict. He has not yet done so.
Reports show the Kremlin responded that Putin was open to dialogue but that the West must meet Russian demands, indicating that Moscow remains committed to controlling a portion of Ukraine and demonstrating to the Russian people that his special military operation was not in vain.
When asked about Biden’s remarks on Friday, White House national security spokeswoman John Kirby told reporters that Biden has no plans to meet with Putin since the criteria for such meetings have not yet been met.
The US has contributed over $18 billion in armaments and tens of billions of dollars in other aid to Ukraine to help fight Russia.
Reports show that Moscow’s war successes have slowed, speculation about peace talks has increased, while missile strikes against Ukrainian power plants have heightened the prospect of millions of Ukrainians going without power this winter.
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, US Army General Mark Milley, has expressed a view within the Biden administration that Ukraine has gained about all the advances it can on the battlefield.
The likelihood of Ukrainians driving the Russians out of Ukraine, including Crimea, is not likely.
Many countries are apprehensive of being caught in the middle of a standoff between the United States and Russia and paying the price for Moscow’s conflict.
Last month in Kyiv, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield recalled Zelenskyy’s statement that he was willing to engage in dialogue with Russia under specific conditions.
So, what’s the delay?