The West should be more open to negotiating with Vladimir Putin, Nigel Farage has suggested.
The founder of Reform UK said he was “shocked” by the “absolute reluctance” to consider negotiations with Russia since Moscow launched its invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
It comes after Putin accused Boris Johnson of sabotaging a peace deal in the spring of that year, during an interview with American broadcaster Tucker Carlson.
Responding to the interview, Mr Farage told GB News: “All of our understanding of what is going on in Ukraine, horrendous though it is, all of our understanding of the Putin mindset, the Russian mindset, I think we understand it ever more clearly after what was said last night.
“[Russia is] not going to stop and they’re switching vast amounts of their industrial production in Russia towards defence, they will never give up on this.
“Now we can find much of what’s happening abhorrent, but the thing that shocked me all the way through has been the absolute reluctance of anyone to think, shouldn’t we at least be having some form of negotiations?”
The Russian President claimed in yesterday’s interview that a peace deal was settled in Istanbul with Ukraine’s chief negotiator in 2022 but it was scuppered by Mr Johnson, prolonging the war by another 18 months. Mr Johnson has previously strongly dismissed the claims as “total nonsense” and “Russian propaganda”.
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