On March 21, Russian state media misquoted John Kirby, the U.S. National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications. Multiple Russian press outlets reported that Kirby said any peace settlement for Ukraine was “unacceptable.”
Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov told the “Moscow, Kremlin, Putin” program on Russian state television’s Channel One that Kirby’s statement meant “the masks are off and everybody has shown their beastly grin, apart from us and the Chinese comrades.”
Peskov said: “Washington and European capitals, but above all Washington - they are overwhelmed with the desire not to allow under any pretext to get on track to a peaceful settlement, they won’t allow Kyiv to even think about it.”
That is misleading.
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