Anthony Blinken supported Kyiv's peace initiatives and called any calls to freeze the conflict a "trap" that would allow Russia to rest and re-equip, and then go on the attack again, Voice of America writes.
The head of American diplomacy supported Kyiv's proposals during a virtual session of the Summit in Support of Democracy, at which Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba detailed 10 points of the plan. Blinken described it as "10 principles based on common sense that can become a road map to the world."
"We should all be very aware that seemingly well-intentioned efforts, such as calls for a cease-fire, which have the potential to freeze the conflict, will allow Russia to consolidate the gains made and simply use the time to rest and re-equip, and then move back into attack," said Blinken.
The State Secretary did not mention China, but his criticism was directed against Beijing's peaceful ideas.
“What seems very attractive on the surface – who doesn't want the guns to be silenced? - may turn out to be a very cynical trap, with which one must be very careful," said the head of American diplomacy.
Blinken said the US is committed to supporting "serious diplomatic efforts" that could lead to peace in Ukraine.
"We all know that for the world to be just, it must uphold the principles underlying the UN Charter: sovereignty, territorial integrity, independence. And in order for the world to be strong, it must be such that Russia cannot simply rest, re-equip its troops, and then resume the war at a more favorable time for it," the state secretary explained.
Blinken stated that Ukraine, under the leadership of President Zelenskyі, made a proposal that would allow establishing such a world.
"This proposal could end the war and save many lives. It restores the territory of Ukraine and respects its democracy. It will allow to restore the country and its economy. It will ensure radiation and nuclear safety. It will comply with the UN Charter and the will of the international community. And it will help millions of people around the world who have suffered from Russian aggression," said the head of American diplomacy.