Trump: Putin seems weakened, time to broker peace

Russian President Vladimir Putin appears somewhat weakened by the mutiny of fighters from the private military company Wagner.

Now is the time for the United States to broker a peaceful resolution to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. This was stated by former US President Donald Trump in an interview with Reuters. “I want no more people to die in this senseless war,” he said.

On the Ukrainian issue, the former president does not rule out that Kyiv will have to cede some territories to Russia in order to end the war that began with the invasion of Russian forces into Ukraine 16 months ago. Trump said everything would be “negotiable” if he were US president, but stressed that the Ukrainians, who are fighting fiercely for their land, deserved great respect. “I think they’re going to keep a lot of what they’ve got. I also think Russia would go along with it. You need the right mediator or negotiator, and right now there isn’t one,” Donald Trump said.

US President Joe Biden and US NATO allies insist that Russia withdraw completely from Ukraine, Reuters notes. Last year, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky proposed a 10-point peace plan that also calls for a complete withdrawal of Russian forces from Ukraine.

“I think the most important task of the United States now is to work for peace – to bring Russia and Ukraine together and achieve peace. It is possible. Now is the time to do it – to bring them together and impose peace.” the former president said. As president, Trump has forged a friendly relationship with Vladimir Putin, who Joe Biden said Wednesday has become a pariah on the international stage because of the war in Ukraine.

Trump also said that the Wagner rebellion had a negative impact on Putin. “You could say he’s still there, he’s still strong, but he’s certainly been weakened in a sense in the minds of a lot of people,” Trump explained.

“However, if Putin falls from power, we don’t know what the alternative is. It could get better, but it could also get much worse,” the former US president pointed out. As for the war crimes charges against Putin, Trump said the matter should be discussed after the war, “because if we bring it up now, there’s no way we’re going to make peace, there’s no way we’re going to resolve” the conflict.

However, the former US president refused to weigh in on whether the US should provide military support to Taiwan if the island is attacked by China.

“I’m not going to talk about that because that would hurt my negotiating position. All I can tell you is that for four years there was no threat. And that it wouldn’t happen if I’m president.” Trump emphasized.


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