According to a former US National Security Council official, Ukraine and Russia had the framework for a peace deal ready in April.
Days later, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson paid a surprise visit to Kyiv, where he reportedly pressured Zelinskyy to stop negotiating with Russia.
According to an article co-authored by Fiona Hill, a former US National Security Council official, Russia has tentatively agreed to withdraw its forces in exchange for Ukraine’s promise not to join NATO.
According to an article in Ukrainska Pravda, shortly after the framework of the peace deal was established, UK Prime Minister Johnson arrived in Kyiv to put any possibility of planned negotiations between Putin and Zelenskyy on hold. The May bombshell report was largely ignored by the Western media.
According to the article, Johnson reportedly pressured Ukrainian President Zelenskyy to avoid negotiations, calling Russian President Putin a “war criminal” and implying that Russia was not as powerful as many believed.
Johnson is also said to have told Zelenskyy that, even if Ukraine was ready to sign agreements with Russia, the UK was not, and that the West believed it could “press him,” referring to Putin.
Three days after Johnson left, Putin stated publicly that talks with Ukraine “had reached a dead end.”