At the same time, the United States is ready to assist Ukraine in negotiations with Russia.

The White House said that a new meeting of the presidents of the United States and Russia is possible only in conditions of “tangible de-escalation” of Russian actions in Ukraine and Moscow’s demonstration of “sincere commitment” to diplomacy.

This statement was made at a briefing for journalists by White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield.

The U.S. President Joe Biden said on Monday that he did not rule out the possibility of a new face-to-face meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. However, the U.S. President noted that the possibility of organizing such negotiations depends on their agenda.

“President Biden has clearly stated that before there is such a dialogue, a tangible de-escalation on the part of Russia and a clear, sincere commitment to diplomatic engagement are required,” Bedingfield said.

At the same time, she noted that the United States is ready to assist Ukraine in its negotiations with Russia and supports Kyiv’s participation in this diplomatic process.

On Tuesday, the Moscow and Kyiv delegations held face-to-face talks in Istanbul.

“We are in close contact with Ukraine and support their efforts to engage in diplomacy and try to reach a ceasefire,” Bedingfield said.

“We are ready to help in any way we can and are focused on putting Ukraine in the best position both on the battlefield and at the negotiating table,” the director continued. “We give Ukrainians the right to discuss the specifics of negotiations.”

However, Bedingfield urged “to be clearly aware of the reality of what is happening on the ground” and to avoid being deceived by Russia’s statements.

“We believe that any movement of forces around Kyiv is a redeployment, not a withdrawal of troops,” she said. – And the world should be ready for a large-scale offensive on other regions of Ukraine. Everyone should expect that attacks will continue throughout Ukraine.”

“We need to see what Russia is really doing before trusting only what it says. We saw from the very beginning that it aggressively attacked Kyiv at the beginning of this conflict. And we have no reason to believe that they have changed this strategy,” the White House spokeswoman stressed.