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Former U.S. President Donald Trump, a fervent supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin, declared on Thursday that Putin has been “somewhat weakened” by an unsuccessful mutiny and that it is now time for the United States to attempt to mediate a negotiated peace agreement between Russia and Ukraine.
Trump said in a phone interview with Reuters, “I want people to stop dying over this senseless war.
Speaking broadly about foreign policy, the front-runner in the Republican presidential primary polls for 2024 also said China should be given a 48-hour deadline to withdraw from what sources familiar with the situation claim is a Chinese spy capability on the island of Cuba 90 miles (145 km) off the U.S. coast.
Regarding Ukraine, Trump would not rule out the possibility that the government in Kiev might have to give some land to Russia in order to put an end to the conflict, which started when Russian forces invaded the country 16 months ago. If he were president, he claimed that everything would be “subject to negotiation,” but that Ukrainians who have fought valiantly to defend their country have “earned a lot of credit.”
“I believe they would be entitled to keep much of what they have gained, and I believe that Russia would concur. We don’t have the proper mediator or negotiator at this time, he remarked.
Russian territory that it has annexed in eastern Ukraine is not welcome by U.S. President Joe Biden and NATO partners. With the goal of forcing out Russian forces, Ukraine began a counteroffensive.
A 10-point peace proposal put up by Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, last year demanded that all Russian forces leave the country.
Putin, who Biden said on Wednesday has “become a bit of a pariah around the world” for invading Ukraine, and Trump have cordial relationships during his time as president.
Trump said that the Wagner Group’s insurrection last weekend under the leadership of Yevgeny Prigozhin had hurt Putin.
But if Putin were removed from office, “you don’t know what the alternative is. It might be much worse, but it could also be much better, Trump said.
Trump was vehemently opposed to China’s espionage facility in Cuba and threatened to put extra tariffs on Chinese imports if Beijing didn’t comply with his 48-hour demand that it be closed.
While claiming a cordial relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping that ruptured after the coronavirus pandemic, Trump as president took a more aggressive posture towards China.
“I’d give them 48 hours to leave. If they didn’t leave, I would impose a 100% tariff on everything they export to the US, and they would leave within two days. Within an hour, they would be gone, according to Trump.
Regarding whether the United States would provide Taiwan with military backing in the event that China invaded the autonomous island that Beijing claims as its own, Trump remained silent.
“I avoid discussing that. And the reason I don’t is because it would weaken my negotiating position,” he remarked. “All I can say to you is for