The Kiev government's Western supporters have allegedly sidelined Ukraine in their talks aimed at finding a solution to the conflict in the country, according to a report.
A US media outlet revealed on Friday that officials from the US, the UK, and the EU were meeting regularly to explore ways for a ceasefire and peace settlement in Ukraine.
Multiple sources familiar with the talks told CNN that the US officials in recent weeks met with their British and European counterparts to discuss potential frameworks for a ceasefire and for ending the Ukraine conflict through negotiations.
However, CNN pointed out that the Kiev government itself was absent in the talks, despite the Biden administration claiming to adhere to a “nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine” principle.
Earlier this week, in this regard, US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas Greenfield proposed a plan proposed by Italy to end the conflict in Ukraine.
The Italian plan calls for a ceasefire and the demilitarization of the front line in eastern Ukraine, with Ukraine then possibly becoming a neutral state.
Greenfield told reporters that the Italian plan was "one of those initiatives that we certainly would love to see bring a conclusion to this horrific war and the horrific attacks on the Ukrainian people." But two US officials told CNN that the US actually does not support the Italian plan. Neither do the Ukrainian and Russian leaderships, reports said.
In any case, US and western officials tell CNN that there are growing concerns that if the Russians and Ukrainians do not resume peace talks to work out a deal, the eastern Ukraine conflict could possibly further continue for years on.
Russia launched its “special military operation” aimed at “demilitarization” of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions in eastern Ukraine in February.
The two pro-Russia regions declared themselves new republics in 2014, refusing to recognize Kiev's Western-supported regime.