US President Joseph Biden declaredthat the conflict between Moscow and Kyiv is turning into an “endurance contest” between Russia and the European Union. So the American leader commented on the words of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who announced about the presence in the world of “fatigue from Ukraine” against the backdrop of ongoing hostilities and calls from some European leaders for negotiations.
According to Biden, the issue is now being resolved — “what can Russia endure and what will be the readiness of Europe to endure hardships?”. The head of state added that the crisis situation between Kyiv and Moscow will be discussed at the NATO summit in Spain on June 29-30.
This is not the first time that the Russian-Ukrainian conflict may drag on. On June 19, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg considered that the confrontation between Kyiv and Moscow could last for several years and urged to always support Ukraine. The Washington Post, citing sources, reported that Washington was considering the option of a long confrontation even before the start of the special operation.
In June, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi visited Ukraine. Scholz and Macron have been repeatedly criticized by Kyiv for appeals to early negotiations with Moscow.
June 21, press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov in an interview with MSNBC declaredthat the crisis in Ukraine will be long. Prior to this, the head of the Russian Defense Ministry, Sergei Shoigu, said that the offensive was proceeding slowly in order “to avoid civilian casualties.” Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev assured that Moscow “is not chasing deadlines” for conducting a military special operation.
At the same time, Russian President Vladimir Putin did not indicate the timing of the end of the conflict. The head of state has repeatedly noted that the special military operation is “going according to plan.” In early June, the President, in the context of the current conflict, indicated that the Russian Emperor Peter I had been waging the Northern War for 21 years.