Putin won't make peace in Ukraine before he knows the results of the US presidential election, says a State Department official

Russian President Vladimir Putin will not make peace in Ukraine until he knows the results of the US elections in November 2024, a senior US State Department official said last night. Trump, who is seeking re-election in 2024 and is the favorite for the Republican presidential nomination, has sharply criticized US support for Kiev.

A senior State Department official, briefing reporters after a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels, said the alliance was reaffirming its support for Ukraine, knowing a peace deal next year was unlikely.

"My expectation is that Putin will not make peace, or at least substantive peace, before he sees the outcome of our election," said the official, who asked not to be named.

"This was the context in which all allies expressed strong support for Ukraine" at the NATO meeting, the source added, without mentioning Trump by name or saying specifically how the election result would affect support for Ukraine.

US President Democrat Joe Biden has provided massive military aid and other forms of support to Kiev following Russia's full-scale invasion in February 2022, but additional funding for Ukraine has been delayed by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

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